Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux)
Loosely based on the 1996 Tibhirine mystery in which a group of French monks were murdered by either the Algerian military or an Islamic terrorist gang, this recent Cannes Grand Prix winner is set in the weeks before the crime took place. The film follows the monks who have piously served the local community for years, but local extremists do not see it that way and insist they leave. Director Xavier Beauvois skillfully contrasts the rhythms of quiet monastic life against the harsh violence that threatens the monks while they decide whether to flee or stand their ground. Keeping a meditative and taut pace Beauvois seemlessly delves into the psychological dilemmas faced by the unwavering men. Beauvois, however, is not the only talent that shines in the film - each member of the ensemble cast delivers a deft and honest performance. Steeped in tension to the very last frame, Beauvois' non-partisan approach creates a universal and moving rumination on faith, belief and friendship.
About the Directors
Born in 1967, Beauvois is a French actor, screenwriter, and director. His film "Don't Forget You're Going to Die" won the Cannes Film Festival's Jury Prize, while his crime drama "The Young Lieutenant" saw a Best Actress César go to star Nathalie Baye. "Of Gods and Men" was presented in Cannes' main competition this year, winning the Grand Prix.
- Xavier Beauvois
- Etienne Comar, Xavier Beauvois
- Etienne Comar, Pascal Caucheteux
- Marie-Julie Maille
- Director of Photography
- Caroline Champetier
- Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin, Loic Pichon