The Prayer
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Festival in Media
Section: Forum of European Cinema
Country: France 
Year: 2018

The Prayer

107 minutes/color


Director: Cédric Kahn

Screenplay: Cédric Kahn, Fanny Burdino, Samuel Doux

Cinematographer: Yves Cape

Editing: Laure Gardette

Costume design: Alice Cambournac

Producer: Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon



Anthony Bajon, Damien Chapelle, Àlex Brendemühl, Louise Grinberg, Hanna Schygulla, Antoine Amblard, Colin Bates, Magne Håvard Brekke, Davide Campagna, Maïté Maillé



Les Films du Worso, ARTE France Cinéma, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Versus Production

World sales:

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Thomas, 22, is a drug addict. In an effort to put an end to his habit, he joins a community of former addicts who live isolated in the mountains and use prayer as a way to cure themselves. At first reluctant, Thomas gradually accepts to submit himself to a Spartan life of discipline, abstinence, hard work and frequent prayer. He discovers faith, but also love. And a new kind of torment.




Cédric Kahn

Born in Crest, France in 1966, he started working in the film industry as a film editor, then as a screenwriter. In 1991 he directed his first feature film Bar des rails which screened at the Venice International Film Festival. His second feature Trop de bonheur was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and won the Jean Vigo Award. Roberto Succo was selected to screen in competition at Cannes in 2001; Red Lights competed at the Berlinale.



1990 Les dernières heures du millénaire (Short)

1991 Bar des rails

1994 Trop de bonheur

1998 L'ennui

2001 Roberto Succo

2004 Red Lights

2005 L'avion

2009 Regrets

2011 A Better Life

2014 Wild Life

2018 The Prayer