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Celebrated for his daring and landmark films—such as Russian Ark (2002,) which was filmed in one sequence in the Russian State Hermitage Museum—Francofonia transforms Paris’ Louvre Museum into a magisterial, centuries-spanning reflection on the relationship between art, culture, and power. Sokurov examines the story of Jacques Jaujard, Director of the French National Museums and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich, who conspired to protect and preserve the art treasures of the Louvre Museum from the cataclysm about to visit Europe in 1940, and asks what art tells us about ourselves in the face of one of the most devastating conflicts the world has ever known.

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Genres: Documentary, Drama

Other Films by Aleksandr Sokurov

Russian Ark

“RUSSIAN ARK is both a dazzling technical tour-de-force and a love letter to Russian culture. Unfolding in real time in a single, dreamlike, uncut digital video take, it tracks a contemporary filmmaker (Sokurov) and a mercurial 19th-century French diplomat, the Marquis de Custine—tour guides on a phantasmagoric, time-traveling journey through St. Petersburg’s opulent Hermitage Museum.


Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, FAUST is Sokurov’s fourth and final film in his tetralogy on the corrupting effects of power. In MOLOCH (1999), TAURUS (2001), and THE SUN (2005), Sokurov turned his gaze on Hitler, Lenin, and Japan’s Emperor Hirohito, respectively. Here, the RUSSIAN ARK director offers a visceral,