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“Of Gods and Men”: faith on film

For Maundy Thursday we are showing the award winning “Of Gods and Men.”  The Guardian’s film critic, Peter Bradshaw writes that “this stunningly passionate and deeply moving film by the French director Xavier Beauvois, based on the kidnapping and murder of monks in Algeria by fundamentalists in 1996….(is)….saturated with faith and belief, and part of its power is the absolute conviction of its cinematic language, imitating the spacious silences to which the monks have devoted themselves, and boldly supporting the validity and meaning of their dilemma. It climaxes in a quite incredible “Last Supper” sequence, in which the monks share red wine to the accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s Grand Theme from Swan Lake, playing on an old tape machine in the corner. It is an overwhelming fusion of portraiture and drama, and perhaps one of the most sensational things I have seen on the big screen.”

Come and join us for a showing at 7 with an optional brief discussion afterwards.  Admission free.