Pioner Cinema » Francofonia
  • History, Documentary
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  • 2015
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  • 88 min.
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  • France, Germany, Netherlands
  • director: Aleksandr Sokurov
  • cast: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth, Johanna Korthals Altes
  • language: In Russian, French, German, and English with Russian subtitles (Russian voiceovers by Aleksandr Sokurov)
  • restrictions: 16+

The story of a French Republican, Louvre director Jacques Jaujard, and a German aristocrat and officer in Hitler’s occupation army, Count Franz Wolff-Metternich — two enemies who became like-minded collaborators in the effort to save the museum’s treasures.
What would Paris be without the Louvre? Or Russia without the Hermitage? “Francofonia” is Aleksandr Sokurov’s reflection on the Louvre as a symbolic place for Paris and France, about museums as symbols of civilization, about culture and history, and about art and power. Both newsreel footage and specially-shot scenes, realism and the auteur’s liberal sense of fantasy combine to form a unified whole in this dazzling, bitter, ironic, emotional, and exciting narrative. The film was made by Sokurov at the request of the Louvre’s directors, who wanted to film their own “Russian Ark.” The film premiered in the Competition of the 2015 Venice Film Festival..


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