• A Prayer Before Dawn

A Prayer Before Dawn

by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire Special Screenings

Ambitious amateur boxer and heroin addict Billy Moore suddenly finds himself in one of the most dangerous prisons in the world: the Thai Klong Prem. Very quickly he finds out how much a life is worth in this ‘hell of Bangkok’ where mass rape, savage battles and murder are the order of the everyday. The only way out for Billy is to fight his ruthless, tattoo-covered fellow inmates at the regularly held boxing matches. Five years after PUNK (ZFF 2012), director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire returns to Zurich with his tumultuous genre-horror based on the memoires of Billy Moore. A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN whisks us passed sweaty, trembling bodies and acres of skin on a journey through the claustrophobic corridors of madness.


  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: France, UK, Thailand, 2017
  • Runtime: 116 Min
  • Languages: English, Thai
  • Subtitles: German, French
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  • Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
  • Cast: Joe Cole, Billy Moore, Vithaya Pansringarm, Pornchanok Mabklang, Panya Yimmumphai, Somluck Kamsing, Chaloemporn Sawatsuk, Komsan Polsan, Sakda Niamhom, Sura Srimalai, Patsapon Kaysornmaleethanachok
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  • Screenplay: Johnny Hirschbein, Nick Saltrese
  • Cinematography: David Ungaro
  • Editor: Marc Boucrot
  • Sound: Séverin Favriau, Nassim el Mounabbih
  • Music: Nicolas Becker
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  • Producers: Rita Dagher, Nicholas Simon, Roy Boulter, Sol Papadopoulos
  • Executive Producers: James Schamus, Jennifer Dong, Woody Mu, Peter Watson
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  • Production Companies: Senorita Films, HanWay Films, Indochina Productions
  • World Sales: HanWay Films
  • Swiss Distribution: Elite Film AG
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