Directed by Xavier Beauvois, Of Gods and Men is a 2010 French film tells the story of a group of Trappist monks living in a monastery in the hills outside Algiers. Christian (Lambert Wilson), the head monk, works to encourage a sense of understanding between the monastery and the surrounding neighborhood, which is almost entirely Muslim. As the Algerian civil war is fought outside the confines of the monastery, the monks choose not to involve themselves in the war; they neither accept military protection nor aid the insurgents. Unfortunately a band of Muslim extremists break into the monastery and take several monks hostage. Based on the true story of seven French Trappist monks in Tibhirine, Algeria that were found beheaded, the film won accolades around the world. Premiering at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, of Gods and Men received the Grand Prix prize. Both of the performances by Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale were praised for their gravity.