Catholic award for ‘Of Gods and Men’
Des hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men) by Xavier Beauvois of France has won the first Prize for Best European Film of 2010 offered by the European region of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication and Media.
Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay… come what may. This film is loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996.
The young French director, Xavier Beauvois, has chosen to tell this true story, not as an ordinary docudrama, but as a work of art of reflection and introspection. This artistic choice makes Des hommes et des Dieux a spiritual meditation marked by tension, suspense and austerity.
‘Of Gods and Men’ – Mon 18th April at 8pm. Tickets €6
French Language film with sub-titles
Riverbank Arts Centre