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1 hrs, 37 mins
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth, Johanna Korthals
Alexander Sokurov

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Set against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, master director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark, Mother and Son) applies his unique personal vision to staged enactments combined with striking archival footage to create a fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard, the Museum’s director who, unlike most civil servants, stayed at his post to face the German occupiers in WWII, and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich, the aristocratic officer entrusted with supervising France’s art collection for the Nazis. Initially meeting as enemies, these two remarkable men discovered that they were bound by their common ideals and passion for art and ended up working together to preserve the treasures of the Louvre. Sokurov had apparently unlimited access to the after-hours collection in filming this magnificent portrait of the Louvre, a visual feast that roams from exploration of the wartime occupation to meditation on the place of art in history, proposing the idea that preserving art is preserving civilization. Francofonia is a stunning, deeply thoughtful and vitally relevant reflection on the essential relationship between art, culture and history. (Partially subtitled)

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