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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.
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  • Actors of "Francofonia"

  • Characters of "Francofonia"

    Jacques Jaujard. Character of Francofonia
    Franz Wolff-Metternich. Character of Francofonia
    Napol. Character of Francofonia
    Played by: Vincent Nemeth
  • Directors of "Francofonia"

    Aleksandr Sokurov. Director of Francofonia
    Aleksandr Sokurov
    Birthdate: 14 June 1951, Podorvikha, Irkutskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia]
  • Creators of "Francofonia"

    Aleksandr Sokurov. Director of Francofonia
    Aleksandr Sokurov
    Birthdate: 14 June 1951, Podorvikha, Irkutskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia]
  • Critic Reviews of "Francofonia"

    Detroit News
    June 17, 2016

    "Francofonia" is terribly over-directed and seems strange just for the sake of being strange.

    Chicago Reader
    May 23, 2016

    This is disjointed and dreary, its power diluted by Sokurov's constant, self-important narration.

    Philadelphia Inquirer
    May 06, 2016

    Francofonia is a brilliant meditation on art, on war - and what happens to art when nations go to war.

    Chicago Sun-Times
    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.

    Washington Post
    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle
    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.
    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]

    Huffington Post
    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.

    Antagony & Ecstasy
    December 05, 2016

    An exhilarating intellectual exercise that packs a ludicrous amount of philosophy into 88 dense minutes.

    Observer (UK)
    November 13, 2016

    There's an unlovely self-importance to Sokurov's droning diatribe that rather distracts from the cultural significance of the subject.

    The Arts Desk
    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.

    Little White Lies
    November 11, 2016

    In praise of art, but also a reminder that we need to treasure what we have.

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