Martyred monks film nabs second prize & Ecumenical Prize at Cannes festival “Of Gods and Men” Des hommes et des Dieux

At the Cannes Film Festival, the 2010 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to:

Of Gods & Men

by Xavier Beauvois (France, 2010)

This movie of great artistic value benefits from a remarkable group of actors and follows the daily rhythm of work and liturgy. It depicts the sacrifice of the monks of Tibhirine

(Algeria 1996) choosing to maintain their peaceful presence despite surrounding violence. The deep humanity of the monks, their respect for Islam and their generosity towards their village neighbors make the reason for our choice.

And two Commendations to

Another Year by Mike Leigh (England, 2010)

Along the rhythm of the seasons, friendship and tenderness bring together ordinary people dealing with the joys and pains of everyday life. Clear directing and great acting combine to express authentic relations. It’s up to everyone to be responsible of his own life.

Poetry by Lee Chang-Dong (South Korea, 2010)

Through the charm of poetry, Mija, a decent grandmother weakened by disease and culpability, opens up to a contemplative perception of the world.

The 2010 Jury:

Michèle DEBIDOUR , President, France ; Jos HOREMANS, Belgium

Sanne E. GRUNNET, Denmark ;  Tomas STRAKA, Slovakia

Julia HELMKE,Germany ;  Jacques VERCUEIL, France

Martyred monks film nabs second prize at Cannes festival :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Here is the story of the seven martyred Trappist monks of Atlas

The actual monks; photo from the Trappist website