Sep 05, 2016

Big Screen Cinemas, Caloundra

11.55 am – 1.40 pm

Entry: $9 at the door

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

Francofonia Theatrical PosterA tour of the Louvre serves as a meditation on art. The film also explores how the museum avoided being plundered during the Nazi occupation of France, and depicts the ghost of Napoleon wandering among the exhibits. Directed by Alexander Sokurov.

“With this sophisticated, complex and thoroughly absorbing film, Alexander Sokurov has had another night at the museum reverie, a cine-prose poem or animated installation tableau, weaving newsreel footage with eerie floating images above the streets of contemporary Paris – presumably filmed with a drone – and dramatised fantasy scenes.

Thirteen years after Russian Ark, that renowned single-take movie journey through the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Sokurov has now alighted on the Louvre in Paris. Francofonia has all sorts of wayward digressions and perambulations around the idea of French and European culture, and the role of the museum in conserving art and promoting the idea of what it means to be human.

I suspect, incidentally, that it was Russian Ark back in 2002 that planted a seed for other film-makers’ thoughts on museums, with Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery (2014), Johannes Holzhausen’s Das Grosse Museum (2014) about the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and the massive Cathedrals of Culture television series, by Wim Wenders et al, about the Pompidou, among other spaces. (And … maybe even the Night at the Museum movies with Ben Stiller – though it’s a long shot.)” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. (Read the full review here…)

Link to IMDB Article
Francofonia Wikipedia Article
Francofonia Rotten Tomatoes Link