Venice 2015 – main competition
Original title: Francofonia
Directed by: Alexander Sokurov
Written by: Alexander Sokurov
Cast: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Johanna Korthals Altes
Production country: France, Germany
Runtime: 90 min.
Another century has passed on the Old Continent… Large armies are trampling on the heart of civilisation and cannon fire is once again taking its toll. Amidst the massacre and the ruins, everything majestic, magnificent, and sacred, that took millions of minutes and hours of determined labour to build, is wiped out. Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff Metternich worked together to protect and preserve the treasure of the Louvre Museum.
Alexander Sokurov tells their story. He explores the relationship between art and power, and asks what art tells us about ourselves, at the very heart of one of the most devastating conflicts the world has ever known.