Francofonia

  • 87'
  • France
  • 2015
"Without me, there was nothing here", says Napoleon somewhere halfway through Francofonia to Marianne, the French symbol for freedom and reason. And of course he meant the art treasures in the Louvre, which is the backdrop throughout the film for reflections about the relationship between art and power. Against the background of the exciting plot that was conceived during the occupation of Paris in the Second World War by Count Wolff Metternich and director Jacques Jaujard in order to safeguard the heritage in the museum, Alexander Sokurov takes us along in a detective essay about the history of the museum and the museology. He doesn’t only wonder what art is, but also uses a variety of photos, paintings and archive images to illustrate his story about both men and in doing so he gets artistry on his side. Challenging and humorous key film in the Critics’ Choice programme Whose Cinema.
Film introduced by a video essay by Jan Pieter Ekker and Dana Linssen.
Director
Alexander Sokurov
Countries of production
France, Germany, Netherlands
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
87'
Medium
DCP
Languages
French, German, Russian
Producers
Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Thomas Kufus, Els Vandevorst
Production Companies
Ideale Audience International, zero one film GmbH, N279 Entertainment
Sales
Films Boutique
Cinematography
Bruno Delbonnel
Editor
Hansjörg Weißbrich
Sound Design
Emil Klotzsch
Music
Murat Kabardokov
Cast
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Vincent Nemeth
Local Distributor
Contact Film
Website
https://contactfilm.nl/films/francofonia