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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
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Color: Color
Rating: Not Rated

Theaters

New York
New York
4/1/16
New York
New York
4/1/16
Seattle
Washington
4/8/16
Dallas
Texas
4/15/16
Los Angeles
California
4/15/16
Frontenac
Missouri
4/15/16
Fort Worth
Texas
4/15/16
Pasadena
California
4/15/16
Encino
California
4/15/16
Boston
Massachusetts
4/20/16
Rochester
New York
4/22/16
Edina
Minnesota
4/22/16
Pleasantville
New York
4/22/16
Coral Gables
Florida
4/22/16
Houston
Texas
4/22/16
Irvine
California
4/22/16
Huntington
New York
4/22/16
Claremont
California
4/23/16
Notre Dame
Indiana
4/23/16
Palm Desert
California
4/29/16
New Haven
Connecticut
4/29/16
San Rafael
California
4/29/16
Santa Barbara
California
4/29/16
Santa Monica
California
4/29/16
Scottsdale
Arizona
4/29/16
Madison
Wisconsin
4/29/16
Cincinnati
Ohio
4/29/16
Hartford
Connecticut
4/29/16
Lake Worth
Florida
4/29/16
Cleveland
Ohio
4/29/16
Wilmington
Delaware
4/29/16
St. Johnsbury
Vermont
4/29/16
Portland
Maine
4/29/16
Lambertville
New Jersey
4/29/16
San Francisco
California
4/29/16
Hudson
New York
4/30/16
Chicago
Illinois
5/6/16
Amherst
Massachusetts
5/6/16
Chapel Hill
North Carolina
5/6/16
Sebastapol
California
5/6/16
Arcata
California
5/6/16
Ithaca
New York
5/6/16
San Jose
California
5/6/16
Buffalo
New York
5/6/16
Santa Fe
New Mexico
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
Bloomington
Indiana
5/6/16
Wilmette
Illinois
5/6/16
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
5/6/16
Atlanta
Georgia
5/6/16
Kansas City
Missouri
5/6/16
Santa Barbara
California
5/6/16
Ann Arbor
Michigan
5/7/16
Austin
Texas
5/11/16
Columbus
Ohio
5/12/16
Burien
Washington
5/13/16
Berkeley
California
5/13/16
York
Pennsylvania
5/13/16
Monterey
California
5/13/16
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
5/13/16
Washington D.C.
Virginia
5/13/16
Tacoma
Washington
5/17/16
Tulsa
Oklahoma
5/20/16
Bethlehem
Pennsylvania
5/20/16
Corvallis
Oregon
5/20/16
Bellingham
Washington
5/20/16
Eugene
Oregon
5/20/16
Portland
Oregon
5/20/16
Hartford
Connecticut
5/22/16
Gloucester
Massachusetts
5/24/16
Bar Harbor
Maine
5/24/16
Indianapolis
Indiana
5/26/16
Tallahassee
Florida
5/27/16
Larkspur
California
5/27/16
San Diego
California
5/27/16
Portland
Oregon
5/27/16
Pensacola
Florida
6/3/16
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
6/3/16
Gainesville
Florida
6/3/16
Montgomery
Alabama
6/4/16
Nevada City
California
6/5/16
Denver
Colorado
6/10/16
Albuquerque
New Mexico
6/10/16
Roanoke
Virginia
6/10/16
Anchorage
Alaska
6/13/16
Norfolk
Virginia
6/14/16
Honolulu
Hawaii
6/16/16
Detroit
Michigan
6/17/16
Camas
Washington
6/24/16
Lincoln
Nebraska
6/24/16
Bryn Mawr
Pennsylvania
6/24/16
Louisville
Kentucky
6/25/16
Memphis
Tennessee
6/29/16
Salem
Oregon
7/1/16
Hanover
New Hampshire
7/2/16
Cornelius
North Carolina
7/9/16
Tunkhannock
Pennsylvania
7/18/16
New Orleans
Louisiana
7/22/16
Rockland
Maine
8/5/16
Indianapolis
Indiana
8/11/16
Charlotte
North Carolina
8/20/16
Boulder
Colorado
9/26/16

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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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