6.6/10
2,185
11 user 109 critic

Francofonia (2015)

Trailer
1:52 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.

Director:

Aleksandr Sokurov
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Faust III (2011)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinsky, Isolda Dychauk
Solntse (2005)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Third part in Aleksandr Sokurov's quadrilogy of Power, following Moloch (1999) and Taurus (2001), focuses on Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Japan's defeat in World War II when he is finally confronted by General Douglas MacArthur who offers him to accept a diplomatic defeat for survival.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Issei Ogata, Robert Dawson, Kaori Momoi
Aleksandra (2007)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An elderly woman takes a train trip to visit her grandson at his army camp inside Chechnya.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Galina Vishnevskaya, Vasily Shevtsov, Raisa Gichaeva
Taurus (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Joseph Stalin (Sergei Razhuk) visits ailing Russian leader Vladimir Lenin (Leonid Mozgovoy) in 1923.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Leonid Mozgovoy, Mariya Kuznetsova, Sergey Razhuk
Otets i syn (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A father and his son live together in a roof-top apartment. They have lived alone for years in their own private world, full of memories and daily rites. Sometimes they seem like brothers. ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Andrei Shchetinin, Aleksei Neymyshev, Aleksandr Razbash
Moloch (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1942, in Bavaria, Eva Braun is alone, when Adolf Hitler arrives with Dr. Josef Goebbels and his wife Magda Goebbels and Martin Bormann to spend a couple of days without talking politics.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Elena Rufanova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Irina Sokolova
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A man goes for a walk through the countryside with his dying mother.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Aleksei Ananishnov, Gudrun Geyer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Nikita, haunted by the civil war, meets Luba, who is as deeply moral and lonely as he is.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Vladimir Degtyarev, Vladimir Gladyshev, Tatyana Goryacheva
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The existential protagonist is a hungry, homeless, socially isolated, and socially alienated young man living on the streets of an anonymous Russian big city in the 19th Century. He's ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Aleksandr Cherednik, Sergey Barkovskiy, Elizaveta Koroleva
Documentary | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

From a misty night into the dark exposition rooms of a museum to ponder philosophically at paintings by 'Pieter Jansz Saenredam', 'Hercules Pieterszoon Seghers', Hendrikus van de Sande ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Aleksandr Sokurov
Drama | Fantasy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Sergey Dreyden, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy
Dni zatmeniya (1988)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Days of Eclipse is filmed in a psychedelic manner close to stream of consciousness using unusual cinematographic techniques. The action is set in Middle Asia.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Aleksei Ananishnov, Eskender Umarov, Irina Sokolova
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Jacques Jaujard
Benjamin Utzerath Benjamin Utzerath ... Franz Wolff-Metternich
Vincent Nemeth Vincent Nemeth ... Napoléon Bonaparte
Johanna Korthals Altes Johanna Korthals Altes ... Marianne
Andrey Chelpanov Andrey Chelpanov
Jean-Claude Caër Jean-Claude Caër
Aleksandr Sokurov ... (voice) (as Alexandre SOKOUROV)
Francois Smesny Francois Smesny ... (voice)
Peter Lontzek Peter Lontzek ... (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Limbert Catherine Limbert ... La secrétaire de Jacques Jaujard
Edit

Storyline

A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

An elegy for Europe. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Germany | Netherlands

Language:

Russian | French | German | English

Release Date:

11 November 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Louvre sous l'Occupation See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,000, 8 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$302,762, 26 June 2016
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During production, this film was often rumored to be shot in a single take, making it an ideal sequel to Aleksandr Sokurov's previous 'museum film', Russkiy kovcheg (2002). Eventually, a more traditional editing technique was chosen by Sokurov to tell the story. See more »

Soundtracks

Kindertotenlieder
Written by Gustav Mahler
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Deeply subjective non-fiction film from Alexander Sokurov
6 May 2016 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Francofonia" (2015 release from France; 90 min.) is a non-fiction movie loosely about the Louvre museum in Paris. As the movie opens, we hear a certain Alexander (that would be the movie's Russian director Alexander Sokurov) in conversation with a certain Dirk, who is on an ocean liner with art in one of its containers. It's not long before Sokurov directs his attention to June 14, 1940, when German troops overtook Paris, including archive footage of Hitler inspecting the Eiffel Tower and muttering "Where is the Louvre?" Eventually, we are introduced to Jacques Jaujard, the Louvre's museum director at that time, and Count Metternich, entrusted by Hitler to supervise the Louvre's art collection for the Nazis. At this point we're not quite 15 min. into the movie, but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience. You'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest oeuvre from writer-director Aleander Sokurov, best know for "Russian Ark" (about the Hermitage in St. Petersburg). In fact it can be said that "Francofonia" is a spiritual sequel to that movie. Going in, I knew that "Francofonia" was about the Louvre, but didn't know more than that. And while it is true that the movie's primary subject matter is the Louvre, it is in equal measure about the WWII occupation of Paris by the Germans, and a bunch of other things as well ("why are portraits so important in European culture, whereas they are non-existent in the Muslim culture?", asks Sokurov). Even while it's not always clear what the ultimate aim or direction of the movie is, that's not a problem for me. The only jarring thing for me was the occasional and unnecessary appearance of actors impersonating Napoleon (whom we see staring at the Mona Lisa, while repeating "C'est moi!") and France. And oh yea, we do get to see a bunch of paintings and other works of art from the Louvre. In the end, I was surprised how quickly the 90 min. had flown by, so while this movie is rather strange, it certainly is intriguing and held my attention.

This movie made quite a splash at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. "Francofonia" opened without any pre-release fanfare or advertising at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati a week ago, and the Thursday early evening screening where I saw this at was one of its last, as the movie was gone the next day. I was frankly surprised how many people there were (about 10), but maybe they had the same thought as I did (better see this before it's gone!). If you are in the mood for a deeply subjective non-fiction film (but don't call it a documentary) about the Louvre, I'd readily suggest you check this out.


17 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed