A despairing scholar sells his soul to Satan in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman.


Aleksandr Sokurov


Yuriy Arabov (book), Aleksandr Sokurov (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
15 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Johannes Zeiler ... Heinrich Faust
Anton Adasinsky ... Moneylender
Isolda Dychauk ... Margarete
Georg Friedrich ... Wagner
Hanna Schygulla ... Moneylender's 'Wife'
Antje Lewald Antje Lewald ... Margarete's Mother
Florian Brückner Florian Brückner ... Valentin
Maxim Mehmet ... Valentin's Friend
Sigurður Skúlason Sigurður Skúlason ... Faust's Father
Andreas Schmidt ... Valentin's Friend
Oliver Bootz Oliver Bootz ... Valentin's Friend
Jonas Jägermeyr Jonas Jägermeyr ... Valentin's Friend
Igor Orozovic ... Valentin's Friend
Jirí Hampl Jirí Hampl ... Valentin's Friend
Joel Kirby ... Pater Philippe


A wise man sells his soul to Mefistofeles a Satan helper recognizing knowledge will bring no happiness to human life. A German Romanticism' portrait, on how love could overcome reason. Based on the true life of Dr. Johannes Faust, a German alchemist, who is supposed to have been killed when trying to discover the philosopher's stone.

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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It won the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. It is the 3rd Russian film to be crowned best film in Venice, after Ivan's Childhood (1962) and The Return (2003). See more »


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The Devil a dullard...?
25 September 2014 | by poe426See all my reviews

FAUST tries a bit too hard at times to shock, or to impress with its technical aspect: the opening close-up of the rotting genitalia of a male cadaver being autopsied pretty much sets the tone; anything goes. Unfortunately, that includes some fairly simple but overused in-camera effects, like the use of distorting lenses (which add absolutely nothing to the meandering narrative and actually detract from the lavish production values). Death, himself, is a bore who waddles around in a rubber fat suit "weighing souls." "Is the world too cramped for you?" someone asks at one point. It's a question I pondered even as I watched this one unfold: having spent far too much of my time watching experimental films and video over the years, I can honestly say that- for ME- the world IS cramped with far too many such films.

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Release Date:

15 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Faust See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »


Box Office


EUR8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,030, 17 November 2013

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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