| “. . . one of the more profoundly spiritual films of this year or any other.”
America, The National Catholic Weekly
“This stirring picture of faith literally under fire invites the viewer to consider the depth of his or her own convictions. Beautifully shot and edited—a stellar movie.”
OF GODS AND MEN, the official France Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Film and an extraordinary story of faith under fire, inspired by actual events, makes its U.S. debut Feb. 25 in New York and Los Angeles, with wider release to follow.
Written and directed by one of France’s top filmmakers, Xavier Beauvois, OF GODS AND MEN is loosely based on the 1996 kidnapping and murder of a group of Cistercian monks in Algiers. As violence rose between the army and terrorist extremists, foreigners were advised to leave but the monks elected to stay—taking no side in the conflict—to continue serving their Muslim neighbors. Who is responsible for their kidnapping remains a mystery.
OF GODS AND MEN stars Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale and already has a wall-full of coveted awards, such as:
OF GODS AND MEN bears witness to the reality of the monks’ commitment and the strength of the message of peace they shared by staying among their Muslim brothers.
A MOVIE THAT SINGS
Writer and director Xavier Beauvois envisioned OF GODS AND MEN as a film that reflects the rhythm of life led by Cistercian monks and focuses on their lives and discussions of faith that must have taken place. Monastic music plays a vital role in the film; so much so that Lambert Wilson, who plays Brother Christian, said, “Through songs that elevate and unite us, we became brothers.”
INTERVIEWS: Henri Quinson, who more than 20 years ago left a career in international banking to become a monk, is the monastic advisor to OF GODS AND MEN, and is available on a limited basis for U.S. interviews about the film.
OF GODS AND MEN is a production of Armada Films and Why Not Productions and is released by Sony Pictures Classics.
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