Cannes prize to film about Cistercians killed by Muslim fundamentalists in Algeria
May 26, 2010
The Cannes Film Festival has awarded its Grand Prix to a film about the French Cistercian monks who were killed by Islamic zealots in Algeria in 1996. Of Gods and Men, directed by Xavier Beauvois, explores the lives of the monks, who refused to leave their monastery despite the realization that they will likely be martyred. The Cannes jury saluted the film for its portrayal of the "deep humanity of the monks, their respect for Islam and their generosity toward their village neighbors."