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Francofonia

Francofonia

"Visually arresting cinema!"
-The New York Times

Francofonia

About the Film

Set against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, master director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) applies his uniquely personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for this fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and their compulsory collaboration at the Louvre Museum under the Nazi Occupation. These two remarkable men - enemies then collaborators - share an alliance which would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. In its exploration of the Louvre Museum as a living example of civilization, FRANCOFONIA is a stunning and urgently relevant meditation on the essential relationship between art, culture, and history.

Throughout his vast filmography – documentary, fiction and others somewhere in between – Alexander Sokurov has demonstrated that a museum is much more than a place to preserve art. Museums are the veritable DNA of a civilization, the living organ of the city where the heart of a nation beats. With FRANCOFONIA, he explores a historical chapter that we might know, but whose description does not take into account all the lines that run through it. Sokurov’s body of work includes his “Men of Power” tetralogy (Faust, The Sun [Emperor Hirohito], Taurus [Vladimir Lenin] and Moloch [Adolph Hitler]), Russian Ark (set entirely in St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum), Mother and Son and Father and Son.

Director: Alexander Sokurov
Release Date: 04/01/16

Reactions

"Sophisticated, complex and thoroughly absorbing. FRANCOFONIA is bold and confident." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Whimsically intelligent...gently reminds the viewer why all this is terribly relevant today." - Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"It’s a truly bracing, provocative movie, and of course, as is always true with Sokurov, it’s a visual feast." - Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

 

"Sokurov's fascinating and supple exploration of the Paris Louvre museum." -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Awards & Festivals

Opening Night Selection – First Look Festival (Museum of the Moving Image)

Official Selection – Venice Film Festival

Winner, Fedeora Award – Venice Film Festival

Official Selection – BFI London Film Festival

Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Official Selection – San Sebastian Film Festival

Official Selection – Reykjavik International Film Festival

Official Selection – Thessoloniki International Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Cast

Jacques Jaujard: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich: Benjamin Utzerath
Napoleon: Vincent Nemeth
Marianne: Johanna Korthals

Crew

Director: Alexander Sokurov
Writer: Alexander Sokurov
Producers: Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Thomas Kufus, Els Vandevorst
Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel
Editing: Alexei Jankowski, Hansjörg Weiβbrich
Composer: Murat Kabardokov

Technical Info

Production Year: 2015
Release Date: 04/01/16
Countries of Production: France, Germany, Netherlands
Languages: French, German, Russian
Running Time: 1h 27m
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Color: Color
Rating: Unrated

Theaters

New York
New York
4/1/16
Seattle
Washington
4/8/16
Frontenac
Missouri
4/15/16
Boston
Massachusetts
4/20/16
Pleasantville
New York
4/22/16
Santa Barbara
California
4/27/16
Santa Monica
California
4/29/16
New Haven
Connecticut
4/29/16
St. Johnsbury
Vermont
4/29/16
Lambertville
New Jersey
4/29/16
Portland
Maine
4/29/16
Wilmington
Delaware
4/29/16
San Rafael
California
4/29/16
San Francisco
California
4/29/16
Hudson
New York
4/30/16
Bloomington
Indiana
5/6/16
Wilmette
Illinois
5/6/16
Atlanta
Georgia
5/6/16
Berkeley
California
5/6/16
Tucson
Arizona
5/6/16
Washington D.C.
Virginia
5/6/16
Normal
Illinois
5/6/16
Sag Harbor
New York
5/6/16
5/6/16
Santa Fe
New Mexico
5/6/16
Chicago
Illinois
5/6/16
5/6/16
Chapel Hill
North Carolina
5/6/16
Ithaca
New York
5/6/16
Buffalo
New York
5/6/16
San Jose
California
5/6/16
Ann Arbor
Michigan
5/7/16
Austin
Texas
5/11/16
Columbus
Ohio
5/12/16
Monterey
California
5/13/16
York
Pennsylvania
5/13/16
Omaha
Nebraska
5/13/16
Bellingham
Washington
5/13/16
Kansas City
Missouri
5/13/16
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
5/13/16
Eugene
Oregon
5/20/16
Gloucester
Massachusetts
5/24/16
Indianapolis
Indiana
5/26/16
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
6/3/16
Gainesville
Florida
6/3/16
Nevada City
California
6/5/16
Denver
Colorado
6/10/16
Roanoke
Virginia
6/10/16
Albuquerque
New Mexico
6/10/16
Anchorage
Alaska
6/13/16
Honolulu
Hawaii
6/16/16
Detroit
Michigan
6/17/16
Bryn Mawr
Pennsylvania
6/24/16
Camas
Washington
6/24/16
Lincoln
Nebraska
6/24/16
Louisville
Kentucky
6/25/16
Memphis
Tennessee
6/29/16
Hanover
New Hampshire
7/2/16
Cornelius
North Carolina
7/9/16
Tunkhannock
Pennsylvania
7/18/16
Indianapolis
Indiana
8/11/16

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Awards & Festivals

Opening Night Selection – First Look Festival (Museum of the Moving Image)

Official Selection – Venice Film Festival

Winner, Fedeora Award – Venice Film Festival

Official Selection – BFI London Film Festival

Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Official Selection – San Sebastian Film Festival

Official Selection – Reykjavik International Film Festival

Official Selection – Thessoloniki International Film Festival

Reactions

"Sophisticated, complex and thoroughly absorbing. FRANCOFONIA is bold and confident." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Whimsically intelligent...gently reminds the viewer why all this is terribly relevant today." - Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"It’s a truly bracing, provocative movie, and of course, as is always true with Sokurov, it’s a visual feast." - Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

 

"Sokurov's fascinating and supple exploration of the Paris Louvre museum." -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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