Magazine article Screen International

Aleksandr Sokurov's 'Francofonia' Sold into Europe, Japan

Magazine article Screen International

Aleksandr Sokurov's 'Francofonia' Sold into Europe, Japan

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Aleksandr Sokurov's anticipated historical drama Francofonia, which shot largely in the Louvre Museum, has recorded a string of pre-sales for Films Boutique ahead of the world premiere at the Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12).

Among territories closed for Russian Ark director Sokurov's anticipated first feature since 2011 Golden Lion-winner Faust are France (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Germany (PifflMedien), Italy (Academy Two), Benelux (Contact Two), Japan (Kino Films) and Switzerland (Look Now!).

Sokurov's French-German-Dutch co-production will combine narrative drama with archive material.

The reflection on art and power opens in occupied Paris in 1940 with the meeting between German officer Count Franz Wolff-Metternich - overseer of France's art collection during the war - and Louvre director Jacques Jaujard.

Wolff-Metternich was sent by Adolf Hitler to repossess the museum's invaluable collection, but according to Jaujard's diary, the aristocrat was not strongly attached to the Nazi cause and expressed relief that the Louvre had been largely emptied of its treasures, even assisting Jaujard in keeping the museum's contents out of the hands of the art-hungry Nazi high command.

Actor-director Louis-Do de Lencquesaing plays Jaujard with German actor Benjamin Utzerath playing Wolff-Metternich. …

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