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Four of the Best: Jacques Audiard
Jacques Audiard has cinema in his blood: his father Michel was a prolific and respected screenwriter in postwar, pre-New Wave France. Jacques didn't go to film school, but gained his education by touring the cheap cinemas of 1960s Paris. He is now considered to be one of the greats of French cinema. His career presents great variety, and we have put together a season of four of his movies to compare and contrast.
Sunday 21 October, 8.30
At the end of World War II, Albert Dehousse discovers that his father wasn't a war hero and that his mother was a collaborator. Undeterred, he reinvents himself as A SELF-MADE HERO (15) and wins love, admiration and powerful friends.
Monday 22 October, 8.00
Winner of BAFTA and César Awards in 2010 and of the Grand Prix at Cannes, A PROPHET (18) is a blisteringly powerful prison-gangster picture. Newcomer Tahar Rahim plays Malik El Djebena, a young Arab condemned to six years in prison, who gains the confidence of the gang leader who rules the roost within the jail.
Monday 29 October, 6.30
A young Parisian attempts to escape the sleazy world of real estate to become a concert pianist in THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED (15).
Monday 5 November, 6.15
READ MY LIPS (15) is a beautifully crafted tale of the increasingly daring relationship between a put-upon secretary with a hearing impairment and a charismatic petty-thief.
Audiard's new film RUST AND BONE (15), starring Marion Cotillard, opens on Friday 2 November. Audiard himself describes it as "a depiction of a dodgy modern world where individual lives and simple destinies are blown out of all proportion by drama and accident." Read more in Picturehouse Recommends