SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication and Media has awarded Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux) the first Prize for Best European Film of 2010. The film is currently showing at the Lighthouse cinema in Dublin.
Inspired by the tragic fate of French monks in the Algerian village of Tibhirine, the young French director, Xavier Beauvois, has chosen to tell this true story, not as an ordinary docudrama, but as a work of art of reflection and introspection. This artistic choice makes Des hommes et des Dieux a spiritual meditation marked by tension, suspense and austerity.
Another Year (by Mike Leigh - UK) took the runner-up position. In third place was Popieluszko. Wolnosc jest w nas (Popieluszko. You Can’t Kill Hope) by Rafal Wieczynski (Poland); in fourth place, Un homme qui crie (by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun - France-Belgium-Chad) and in fifth place Mahler auf der Couch (by Felix O. Adlon & Percy Adlon - Germany-Austria). The winning film was chosen after two voting rounds in which the 26 SIGNIS Europe national member associations participated.
SIGNIS Europe is one of the six regions of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication and Media. Every year SIGNIS Europe awards a prize for the best European film of the year. The purpose of this prize is to promote and to create interest for those European films which emerge because of their cinematographic quality as well as for the value of the subject of the film.