Francofonia

"Visually arresting cinema!"
-The New York Times

Francofonia

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

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
Countries of Production: France, Germany, Netherlands
Languages: French, German, Russian
Running Time: 1h 27m
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Rating: Unrated

Theaters

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