Facets Cinémathèque

Archives +

August 14–20, 2015

Chicago Premiere


Buy tickets
Film still: Prince Film still: Prince Film still: Prince


Special Mention
Berlin Intl
Film Fest
"Expertly paced and gorgeous to behold"
  —Village Voice
"Enjoyably idiosyncratic... with touches of Aki Kaurismäki's deadpan lugubriousness and of Napoleon Dynamite's absurdism"
  —Screen International
"Consistently unpredictable...slyly satirical"
  —Los Angeles Times
3 stars½ "[A] sophisticated examination of revenge, it revives hope for a pop-art cinema that's not only capable of balancing enraged critique with playful, irreverent aesthetics, but also treats its characters like actual human beings rather than pawns on a chess board"
  —Slant Magazine
"Distinguished by its light tone and idiosyncratic handle on genre conventions"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Its more vivid elements may tempt viewers into lumping Prince in with Nicolas Winding Refn's school of disaffected genre filmmaking. But [Sam] de Jong's work boasts a naked sentimentality that Refn's roundly lacks, and for all of its stylistic flourishes, Prince ultimately reads as anti-Refn"
  —Paste Magazine
  —NewCity Chicago

In this visually thrilling coming-of-age tale, seventeen-year-old Ayoub (Ayoub Elasri) has a lot on his plate: his father is a junkie, his mother is a lonely divorcée, and his sister is falling in with the wrong crowd. Ayoub hardly has any money, and due to his father's terrible reputation, he cannot get the attention of Laura (Sigrid ten Napel), the most beautiful girl in the neighborhood. She may smile at him invitingly when she passes by one minute, but later she'll send him packing with a withering look. On top of that, Laura's boyfriend is one of the toughest guys in town, so how an earth can Ayoub hope to compete? He does, however, manage to gain the attention of the Lamborghini-driving Kalpa (played by rapper Freddy Tratlehner), an eccentric but psychotically violent local criminal.

As Ayoub valiantly fights to win Laura's heart, he has to make a choice that will change his life forever: will he choose love or a path that leads deeper into a criminal world where he can be crowned neighborhood kingpin? He soon finds that his new life is far more than he bargained for, discovering that before he can be a prince, he has to learn to be a man.

The cast of Prince consists of a few professional actors but is mostly made up of debutants such as Ayoub himself, who have their own roots in the rough life the movie depicts. The movie stands out by breaking with cinematographic conventions, defying the traditional rules of filmmaking and offering a mosaic of genres that range from western to coming-of-age and even soap opera. Stylish, funny, sad and ultimately exuberant, Prince is a totally new take on youth at risk.

Directed by Sam de Jong, 2015, Netherlands, 78 mins. In Dutch with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Aug. 14 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Aug. 15 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Aug. 16 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Aug. 17–20 at 7 & 9 pm
Buy tickets


$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or

  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation