Another year of Kicking Horse Culture’s FILM Kicks series is ready to go with the first film, Of Gods and Men, set to hit the screen at the Golden Cinema on October 13 with a start time of 7:30 p.m.
The film looks into the lives of eight French Christian monks who 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. This is when the army offers them protection but the monks refuse their help.
The question becomes, should they leave or stay?
The film is loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996.
Screenwriter Etienne Comar explained on the website for the movie, “Each monk will make his decision by assessing the human, political and religious stakes and by plumbing the depths of his soul and conscience. This dramatic tension accompanies the practical and mystical daily life of the community: their deep ties to the villagers and the spirit of peace and charity with which they try to counter the violence eating away at the country.”
Xavier Beauvois’ film adopts the point of view of the monks and the rhythm of life in a Cistercian monastery. Throughout Europe, Of Gods and Men is critically acclaimed and a huge box-office success in France.
Xavier Beauvois is the writer-director of the film. Previuously his first feature Nord (1991), earned Beauvois two Césars (France’s equivalent of the Academy Awards) for Best First Film and Most Promising Actor. During his stay at the Villa Medicis, the French Ministry of Culture’s prestigious artist residence in Rome, Beauvois directed his second feature, Don’t Forget You’re Going to Die, about a student who learns that he is HIV positive. Selected for the 1995 Cannes International Film Festival, it won the Jury Prize, and was later awarded the coveted Jean Vigo Prize, given by French Film Critics for Best French Film.
The Cannes Film Festival jury, led by American director Tim Burton, honoured Of Gods and Men with the Grand Prix award in 2010. The Grand Prix is the festival’s second most prestigious award, after the Palme d’Or.
On popular internet movie database IMDb the film got a respectable 7.7 out of 10 while on another site Rotten Tomatoes critics almost praise the film for its gripping story.
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