Friday, 10 September 2010

London Film Festival 2010 to screen "Of Gods and Men"

I missed this when I searched for it yesterday, but am delighted to have discovered, courtesy of The Times, that there will be two screenings of the film Of Gods and Men at the London Film Festival.

As last year, when the film of interest was Jessica Hausner's Lourdes, it will be possible to spend the day at Aid to the Church in Need's London event "Hope without Fear" and go on to the cinema after dinner. Of Gods and Men is getting a higher profile than Lourdes had last year, being screened at a West End venue rather than the South Bank Centre, and being one of the "gala screenings". I am not sure what the implications of this will be for the availability of tickets. Booking for ordinary members of the public opens on Monday 27th September.

Of Gods and Men (in English the title has been reversed when compared to the French: Des Hommes et des Dieux) won the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival, and has just gone on general release in France. The Times review at the time of the Cannes festival is here. The French daily La Croix has a dossier about the events at Tibhirine, linked to the general release of the film.

My own earlier comments, which includes some more links, can be found here.

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