Cannes 2009: A Prophet Director Goes Dark for Next Project

Jacques Audiard already lining up next steps as flick gathers awards buzz.

The Cannes Film Festival is only halfway through, but an early favourite for the coveted Palme d'Or is Jacques Audiard's astonishing A Prophet, a tale of a young offender whose route into more serious crime is assured when he's sent to a prison run by organized criminals. Audiard announced yesterday that he was planning to follow up with an adaptation of Craig Davidson's Rust and Bone a collection of short stories Audiard describes as "dark and tragic with despairing characters."

The stories, according to a report by Screen International, feature fighting dogs, boxing, sex addicts and gamblers and the film promises to be just as darkly dramatic as A Prophet. Though the director said he'd yet to decide whether he'd make a film based on a number of the stories or focus on an individual tale. "There are several stories that interest me. One is about boxing, one is about dog fighting and one is about [theme park] Marineland.

"Davidson is a great writer," the director added. ""This was one of the best collections of short stories that I have read in a long time."

But Audiard is less interested in receiving the coveted Palme d'Or for A Prophet as many are hinting he might. "For me, in Cannes there are two sides - being selected and being in competition," he said. "I am very touched and very moved at being here but as far as the competition is concerned, I am completely on the outside - I don't care about that."

Find out more about critical reaction to A Prophet right here.

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