Billy Moore is an English fighter who was incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. While there, he began training and competing in Muay Thai boxing tournaments. A24's A Prayer Before Dawn is a chronicle of that training - shot in a real Thai prison with a cast of primarily real inmates, the first trailer promises a rather grueling, violent experience that looks like Nic Refn remade Midnight Express.
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Since their inception, A24 has been alternating between releasing off the beaten path genre projects and flat out classics, such as Under the Skin, The Lobster, Spring Breakers and this year's The Florida Project (which we love here at BMD). Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire‘s A Prayer Before Dawn looks like it fits into the former category, as Joe Cole (also of A24's Green Room) transforms himself into the real-life fighter.
A Prayer Before Dawn looks brutal and intense (and got great reviews out of Cannes). This writer personally can't wait to see it when the film drops in 2018.