Cannes 2010
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Cannes 2010

The Ecumenical Jury awarded its Prize to Of Gods & Men (right) directed by Xavier Beauvois (France, 2010). This movie of great artistic value benefits from a remarkable group of actors and follows the daily rhythm of work and liturgy. It depicts the sacrifice of the monks of Tibhirine (Algeria 1996) choosing to maintain their peaceful presence despite surrounding violence.The deep humanity of the monks, their respect for Islam and their generosity towards their village neighbours were the reasons for this choice.
The Jury awarded a Commendation to Another Year (left) directed by Mike Leigh (England, 2010). Along the rhythm of the seasons, friendship and tenderness bring together ordinary people dealing with the joys and pains of everyday life. Clear directing and great acting combine to express authentic relations. It’s up to everyone to be responsible for their own life.
The Jury also awarded a Commendation to Poetry, directed by Lee Chang-Dong (South Korea, 2010). Through the charm of poetry, Mija, a decent grandmother weakened by disease and culpability, opens up to a contemplative perception of the world.
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