Synopsis

Following his mesmerising exploration of the Hermitage Museum in Russian Ark, visionary director Alexander Sokurov turns his attentions to the turbulent history of the Louvre in his poetic, complex and captivating new film Francofonia. Focusing particularly on the museum’s occupation by Nazi forces following the summer of 1940, Francofonia tells the story of two remarkable men: Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and Nazi officer Franz Wolff-Metternich. First enemies then collaborators, their alliance was the driving force behind the preservation of the museum’s treasures in the face of untold destruction throughout the rest of the world. Exploring the relationship between art and power, Francofonia blurs the lines of fiction, documentary, memoir and video essay. Punctuated by Sokurov’s own thoughtful musings and philosophies, it is a timely and poignant film, posing questions about the ownership and value of art during conflict while addressing notions of what it means to be European in times of division and conflict.

Director

Alexander Sokurov

Details

Production year: 2015 DVD catalogue number: ART810DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART199BD

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Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Documentary, Drama

CERTIFICATE: 12A

DIRECTOR: Alexander Sokurov

DURATION: 87 Mins

COUNTRIES: France, Germany, Netherlands

LANGUAGES: French, German, Russian

Where to watch

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Reviews


  • “Moving and provocative, Alexander Sokurov’s dreamy documentary stimulates the heart and head”

    Kevin Maher, The Times


  • “Dazzling plea for society to take better care of the art that it produces... made with effortless poeticism”

    David Jenkins, Little White Lies


  • “A mind-bending night at the museum”

    Robbie Collin, The Telegraph


  • “This masterly piece of polemical filmmaking is as intoxicating as it is intriguing”

    David Parkinson, Empire


  • “Sophisticated, complex... nourishment for the mind”

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


  • “This is graceful and provocative filmmaking”

    Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

Articles

Alexander Sokurov on art and power

Interview with The Calvert Journal

Alexander Sokurov

Interview with The New York Times

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