GERMANY , HOLLAND, FRANCE

FRANCOFONIA

2015 – DCP – colore e b/n – 87’

 

Direction: Aleksandr Sokurov

Screenplay: Aleksandr Sokurov

Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel

Editing: Alexei Jankowski, Hansjorg Weissbrich

Music: Murat Kabardokov

Costumes: Colombe Lauriot Prevost

Cast: Louis Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth, Johanna Korthals Altes, Andrey Chelpanov, Jean-Claude Caer

Producers: Olivier Barde, Thomas Kufus, Els Vandevorst

Production: Idéale Audience, zero one film, N279 Entertainment

 

SYNOPSIS

Francofonia tells the story of two remarkable men: Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and Nazi Occupation officer Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich, first enemies, then collaborators. Thanks to their alliance, many of the museum’s treasures will be preserved. Francofonia explores the relationship between art and power, and the great Parisian museum becomes a living example of civilization and a chance to reveal what art tells us about ourselves even in the midst of one of the bloodiest conflicts in history.

 

CRITICAL NOTE

“Francofonia is a mosaic, a metalinguistic operation that manages to combine simplicity and layering. It’s false movement. It’s a Russian doll of metaphors. It’s the portrayal of a series of defeats and paybacks: France on its knees, a deserted Paris and the Louvre, Vichy, Philippe Pétain, but also, and above all, Jacques Jaujard and Franz Wolf-Metternich, silent and (im)mortal heroes. Its editing and its painstaking defragmentation of History and images make the film an aesthetic and productive counterpart to The Russian Ark. Sokurov uses statues, paintings, archive footage, photos, big screen and computer, black & white and colour, portraying an ensemble of arts, making film even from nothing, even with grainy pixels.”

(Enrico Azzano, Quinlan, 9/4/2015)

 

AWARDS

2015 Venice Film Festival – Competition: Fedora Award for Best Euro-Mediterranean Film