The Films
Palm Sunday
of Holy Week

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Monday, March 26th at 7:00 pm:
Showing the film, Babette’s Feast (Dansk: Babette's gæstebud)

Released in 1987, Babette’s Feast has received numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Set on the coast of Jylland, Danmark (Jutland, Denmark) two pious sisters, Martine and Philippa continue the house-church of their strict pastorfather after his death. One day, Philippa's former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette to serve as the family cook. Babette's lavish celebratory banquet tempts the family's dwindling congregation, who reject such pleasures as fine foods and wines. Babette’s Feast is a film with striking eucharistic overtones and captures the essence of forgiveness and community.

There are numerous theological themes evident throughout the film: the sacred versus the profane, the importance of self-sacrifice and loyalty, unshakable faith, simplicity versus luxury and the ultimate question of life’s purpose.

Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00 pm:
Showing the film, The Son (Le Fils)

Released in 2002, Le Fils has received numerous awards for Best Actor, best Film.

Olivier, a carpentry instructor at a rehab facility for boys, initially turns down young Francis' request to apprentice with him. He eventually gives in and begins to teach the troubled teenager, but, he also takes to following the boy through the streets, watching his every move and even going so far as to break into his home. After the reason for Olivier's dark obsession is finally exposed, he realizes that he must then make a difficult decision. Le Fils is a film about profound grace.

Wednesday, March 28th at 7:00 pm:
Showing the film, Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes et Des Dieux)

Of Gods and of Men is a 2010 French drama that won the Grand Prix at 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and was both a critical and commercial success in Europe.

The story centers on the monastery of Tibhirine, where nine Trappist monks lived in harmony with the largely Muslim population of Algeria, until seven of them were kidnapped and assassinated in 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. It is largely a tale of a peaceful situation between local Christians and Muslims before becoming lethal due to external forces. The screenplay focuses on the preceding chain of events in decay of government, expansion of terrorism, and the monks' confrontation with both the terrorists and the government authorities that led up to their deaths. Of Gods and of Men beautifully, and in a bittersweet way, shines light on the cost of discipleship - the prevailing theme running through Holy Week.

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