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by Aleksandr Sokurov


Another century has passed on the Old Continent... Large armies are trampling on the heart of civilisation and cannon fire is once again taking its toll. Amidst the massacre and the ruins, everything majestic, magnificent, and sacred, that took millions of minutes and hours of determined labour to build, is wiped out. Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff Metternich worked together to protect and preserve the treasure of the Louvre Museum. Alexander Sokurov tells their story. He explores the relationship between art and power, and asks what art tells us about ourselves, at the very heart of one of the most devastating conflicts the world has ever known.

international title: Francofonia
original title: Francofonia, le Louvre sous l’occupation
country: France, Germany, Netherlands
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Aleksandr Sokurov
film run: 87'
release date: FR 11/11/2015, CH 25/11/2015, AT 26/02/2016, ES 3/06/2016
screenplay: Aleksandr Sokurov
cast: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Vincent Nemeth, Benjamin Utzerath, Johanna Korthals Altes
cinematography by: Bruno Delbonnel
film editing: Hansjörg Weißbrich
producer: Els Vandevorst, Thomas Kufus, Pierre-Olivier Bardet
co-producer: Olivier Père
production: Idéale Audience, Zero One Film GmbH, Musée du Louvre, ARTE France Cinéma, N279 Entertainment
distributor: Sophie Dulac Distribution, Academy Two, Thimfilm GmbH, Wanda Visión


main awards/selection

Venice Film Festival 2015Venezia 72, FEDEORA Prize: Best Euro-Mediterranean film
BFI London Film Festival 2015 
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2015
Vienna International Film Festival 2015 
Arras Film Festival 2015 
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016 

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