Directed by Alexander Sokurov
US release date: April 1, 2016
"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,

Against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, Sokurov applies his uniquely personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for a 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. Entrusted by Hitler to supervise France’s art collection for the Nazis, Wolff-Metternich (Benjamin Utzerath) arrives to find the Louvre mostly empty. The museum director, Jacques Jaujard (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Polisse, The Father of My Children) has already dispersed artworks to chateaux around the country to protect it from deportation to the Third Reich. These two remarkable men - enemies then collaborators - share an alliance which would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. 

Through his vast filmography - documentary, fiction and others somewhere in between, Alexander Sokurov, arguably Russia’s most acclaimed living filmmaker, and a legend in world cinema, has demonstrated that a museum is much more than a place to preserve art. They 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.

2015 | dir: Alexander Sokurov | 87 min
Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel
Starring Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth, Johanna Korthals
In French, Russian and German with English Subtitles

Official selection: Opening Night, 2016 First Look Festival, Museum of the Moving Image
Official selection: 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Masters Section
Official selection: 2015 Venice Film Festival

> Opens in New York on Friday, April 1 at Film Forum and Lincoln Plaza Cinema
> Opens in LA on Friday, April 15 at Laemmle Theatres
> Opens in Miami, FL, on April 21 at Cosford Cinema
> Opens in Lakeworth, FL, on April 29 at  Lakeworth Playhouse
> Opens in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on April 22 at Cinema Paradiso
> Opens in Gainesville, FL, on June 3 at the Hippodrome

US Distributor: Music Box Films

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