Films We Like is pleased to present the North American Premiere of Alexander Sokurov’s Francofonia at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Masters Program.
Familiar to TIFF audiences 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. Set during the Nazi occupation of Paris, 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.
One of the most important directors in both Russian and world cinema, Alexander Sokurov is considered by many to be the spiritual heir of the great Andrei Tarkovsky.
FILMS WE LIKE
Founded by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential, Altman) Films We Like is a boutique distributor of documentary, independent and international films in Canada. Recent releases include Force Majeure, Finding Vivian Maier, and the Academy Award-winner Ida.
Running time: 87 minutes
German, French, Russian with English subtitles