The overwhelming in its humanity Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men) by Xavier Beauvois (Le Petit Lieutenant [The Young Lieutenant]) has just been added to the rich lineup of its 39th edition. A single screening will take place on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Imperial Cinema (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon).
In a monastery perched high in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s, eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. When a team of foreign workers is massacred by a fundamentalist Muslim group, terror takes hold in the region. The army offers to protect the monks, but they decline. Should they leave? Despite the growing threats surrounding them, the monks gradually, day by day, decide to stay, whatever the cost. The film is loosely based on the lives of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine, Algeria from 1993 until their abduction in 1996.
Des Hommes et des Dieux won the Grand Prize at the 2010 Cannes festival and was just selected to represent France at the Oscars. Only three weeks after its release, the film has become a critical and audience favourite in France, drawing over 1.5 million moviegoers so far. Des Hommes et des Dieux boasts an impressive cast led by Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale and Olivier Rabourdin.
Des Hommes et des Dieux is distributed by Métropole Films. The film opens in theatres in Quebec on February 25, 2011.
One of the non-to-be-missed FNC film !