The multiple award-winning French film Of Gods and Men (or Des Hommes et des Dieux) is slated for a limited release on Frebruary 25th in Los Angeles and New York. Written/directed by Xavier Beauvois and starring Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Revolutions) and Michael Lonsdale (Agora, Moonraker), the critically-acclaimed film centers on eight French Christian monks who must decide whether to stay at their monastery following a deadly attack by an Islamic fundamentalist group.
Of Gods and Men, which turned out to be one of the biggest French box-office hits of 2010, first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prize. More recently, it was consecrated Best Foreign Language Film by the National Board of Review. Although the French were surprised that it had not earned an Oscar nod in the Best Foreign Film category, it did receive 10 nominations at the upcoming César Awards. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and synopsis.
Here’s the trailer [from Apple]:
Here’s the synopsis for Of Gods and Men:
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.