Francofonia

Francofonia

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Francofonia

Master auteur Alekandr Sokurov (Russian Ark) explores art's relationship with culture and power, primarily through the Louvre during the Nazi occupation.

"Another century has passed on the Old Continent... Large armies are trampling on the heart of civilisation and cannon fire is once again taking its toll. Amidst the massacre and the ruins, everything majestic, magnificent, and sacred, that took millions of minutes and hours of determined labour to build, is wiped out. Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff Metternich worked together to protect and preserve the treasure of the Louvre Museum. Alexander Sokurov tells their story. He explores the relationship between art and power, and asks what art tells us about ourselves, at the very heart of one of the most devastating conflicts the world has ever known." (Venice Film Festival)

Winner of Best Euro-Mediterranean Film and the Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award (Sokurov), 2015 Venice Film Festival.
2015Rating: M, Adult themes88 minsFrance, Germany, NetherlandsRussian, French, German and English with English subtitles
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Variety

Variety

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Alexander Sokurov's dense, enriching meditation on the Louvre and specifically (but not exclusively) the museum's status during WWII defies categorization.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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What matters at this point, as Sokurov admirers can confirm, is to hold your nerve, and to trust that all these strands will be threaded into the weave of a larger design.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Sokurov has a gift, perhaps unmatched among his international peers, for turning intellectual brooding into visually arresting cinema.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Francofonia is a fascinating essay and meditation on art, history and humanity's idea of itself.

4.0
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New York Post

New York Post

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Beware the film billed as a "meditation" on anything.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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"Francofonia" is a love letter to France and the Louvre, but it's also a harrowing reminder that not all cultures have been held in such high esteem.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The subject of Francofonia is art as the spoils of war... Making the barest hint about the destruction of historic artworks in Syria at the hands of ISIS, Sokurov gently reminds the viewer why all this is terribly relevant today.

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Variety

Variety

press

Alexander Sokurov's dense, enriching meditation on the Louvre and specifically (but not exclusively) the museum's status during WWII defies categorization.

0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

What matters at this point, as Sokurov admirers can confirm, is to hold your nerve, and to trust that all these strands will be threaded into the weave of a larger design.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Sokurov has a gift, perhaps unmatched among his international peers, for turning intellectual brooding into visually arresting cinema.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Francofonia is a fascinating essay and meditation on art, history and humanity's idea of itself.

4.0
0
New York Post

New York Post

press

Beware the film billed as a "meditation" on anything.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Francofonia" is a love letter to France and the Louvre, but it's also a harrowing reminder that not all cultures have been held in such high esteem.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The subject of Francofonia is art as the spoils of war... Making the barest hint about the destruction of historic artworks in Syria at the hands of ISIS, Sokurov gently reminds the viewer why all this is terribly relevant today.

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