Of Gods and Men is a 2010 French drama film directed by Xavier Beauvois, starring Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale. The original French title is Des hommes et des dieux, which means "Of Men and Gods". It centers around the monastery of Tibhirine, where Trappist monks lived in harmony with the largely Muslim population of Algeria, until seven of them were beheaded in a still unclear incident in 1996. The screenplay focuses on the time leading up to their death. Principal photography took place at an abandoned monastery in Morocco, with careful attention to authenticity.
The film won the Grand Prix at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It became a big critical and commercial success in its domestic market. France submitted it for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.
Plot: A drama about Cistercian monks who stand up for their beliefs when confronted by fundamentalists.
Director: Xavier Beauvois
Stars: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale and Olivier Rabourdin