DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX
Of GODS AND MEN

DIRECTOR
Xavier Beauvois

SCREENPLAY
Etienne Comar

CAST
Christian: Lambert Wilson
Luc: Michael Lonsdale
Christophe: Olivier Rabourdin

AWARDS
Grand Prix – Cannes Film Festival (2010).
Best Film; Best Supporting Actor, Michael Lonsdale; Best Cinematography, Caroline Champetier – César Awards (2011)
Best Picture; Best Actor, Michael Lonsdale –
Lumière Awards (2011)

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
Sony Pictures Classics

RUNNING TIME: 120’
PRODUCTION: France, 2010
RATING: PG-13 (for a momentary scene of startling wartime violence, some disturbing images and brief language)
GAUGE: 35mm, Blu-ray, DVD

“‘Of Gods and Men’ is a thrilling adventure of the spirit. Austere yet provocative, this is not only a film about faith, it also has faith that the power generated by complex moral decisions can be as unstoppable as any runaway locomotive.”
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Xavier Beauvois’s sublime tale of faith and doubt is based on a real incident from 1996 that still reverberates in France. Eight French Trappist monks settle in an impoverished village in Algeria, offering medical assistance and gaining the locals’ trust by taking part in Muslim traditions. Life, in many ways, is idyllic for the Catholic brothers as they tend to their honeybees and exalt God’s glory; led by the abbot, they are frequently seen chanting and praying. This harmony is disrupted by the arrival of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), fundamentalist terrorists who demand that the monks leave, a request that is soon seconded by the Algerian military. Not wanting to abandon the destitute citizens who’ve come to rely on them, the brothers take a vote, ultimately deciding to stay—a resolution that seems even more perilous after Croatian volunteers are killed by the GIA. As the film leads up to the monks’ inevitable doom, Beauvois considers the intransigence of religious belief: both for his white-robed martyrs and their brutal captors.

 

 

 



 

 

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