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Francofonia

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In 1940, museum director Jacques Jaujard and German officer Count Franz Wolff-Metternich work together to protect Louvre artworks from the Nazis. The film is a dense, enriching meditation on the Louvre, Paris and the role of art as an intrinsic part of the spirit of civilization.
Actors: Benjamin Utzerath,
Benjamin Utzerath
Benjamin Utzerath 1963, Düsseldorf, Germany
Jean-Claude Caër,
Jean-Claude Caër
Jean-Claude Caër
Aleksandr Sokurov,
Aleksandr Sokurov
Aleksandr Sokurov 14 June 1951, Podorvikha, Irkutskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia]
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing,
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing 25 December 1963, Paris, France
Johanna Korthals Altes,
Johanna Korthals Altes
Johanna Korthals Altes
Peter Lontzek,
Peter Lontzek
Peter Lontzek 1980
Vincent Nemeth,
Vincent Nemeth
Vincent Nemeth
Francois Smesny,
Francois Smesny
Francois Smesny 24 August 1968, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Andrey Chelpanov
Andrey Chelpanov
Andrey Chelpanov
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Aleksandr Sokurov
Aleksandr Sokurov 14 June 1951, Podorvikha, Irkutskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia]
Country: Euro, France
Release: 2015
IMDb: 6.7
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Duration: 88 min
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CRITICS OF "Francofonia"
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The Arts Desk
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November 11, 2016

The Russian director Alexander Sokurov has never been afraid of tackling weighty, often philosophical issues head on, and his latest film Francofonia is as pioneering - and, some might say, unnecessarily uncompromising - as ever.
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Chicago Reader
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May 23, 2016

This is disjointed and dreary, its power diluted by Sokurov's constant, self-important narration.
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Little White Lies
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November 11, 2016

In praise of art, but also a reminder that we need to treasure what we have.
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San Francisco Chronicle
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April 28, 2016

"Francofonia," a powerful cinematic essay on how art and war are irrevocably intertwined, has an ideal canvas and time peg for its philosophical musings: the Louvre Museum during the Nazi occupation of France.
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Observer (UK)
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November 13, 2016

There's an unlovely self-importance to Sokurov's droning diatribe that rather distracts from the cultural significance of the subject.
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Cinetvymas.cl
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March 17, 2017

Highly recommended for people close to art cinema, avid consumers of World War II stories and above all, for those who enjoy art in general. [Full review in Spanish]
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Detroit News
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June 17, 2016

"Francofonia" is terribly over-directed and seems strange just for the sake of being strange.
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Chicago Sun-Times
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May 05, 2016

As Sokurov examines a pivotal point in the Louvre's history and gives us a virtual tour of the magnificent museum, he makes larger points about the vital importance of art throughout human history. This is one of the most beautiful films of the year.
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Antagony & Ecstasy
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December 05, 2016

An exhilarating intellectual exercise that packs a ludicrous amount of philosophy into 88 dense minutes.
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Philadelphia Inquirer
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May 06, 2016

Francofonia is a brilliant meditation on art, on war - and what happens to art when nations go to war.
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Huffington Post
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January 01, 2017

Using documentary footage and bits and pieces of semi-realist dramatics, [Sokurov] tells of the strange friendship between the Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and the Nazi officer sent to oversee the treasures and possibly relieve France of them.
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Washington Post
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May 05, 2016

Near the one-hour mark, the filmmaker asks, "You aren't tired of listening to me yet?" If you aren't, you will be soon.
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