Francofonia: an Elegy for Europe by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2015, 90 mins.). In French, German, Russian, and English with English subtitles. 

Sokurov’s new film is a rich and unusual meditation on the Louvre Museum in Paris and the preservation of European culture during the destructive climate of World War Two. The film’s theme is the nature of museums themselves: what they tell us about our grasp of time, their historical function in empire-building, the way in which they foster the harvesting of hoarding of art, and how those very acts alter our understanding of power, both personal and political. Trained as a historian before becoming a filmmaker, Sokurov himself narrates the film, occasionally delving into European history more broadly and even ruminating on the course of Europe today. Francofonia was nominated for the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

To complete your experience, catch Aleksandr Sokurov’s masterpiece Russian Ark, playing April 22-24.

Co-presented with the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative.

Boston Globe Review by Peter Keough

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Francofonia
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
5:00 pm6:30 pm

Francofonia: an Elegy for Europe by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2015, 90 mins.). Sokurov’s new film is a rich and unusual meditation on the Louvre...

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Francofonia
Thursday, April 21, 2016
8:00 pm9:30 pm

Francofonia: an Elegy for Europe by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2015, 90 mins.). Sokurov’s new film is a rich and unusual meditation on the Louvre...

Film Still from Francophonia

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Francofonia
Friday, April 22, 2016
8:00 pm9:30 pm

Francofonia: an Elegy for Europe by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2015, 90 mins.). Sokurov’s new film is a rich and unusual meditation on the Louvre...

Film Still from Francophonia

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Francofonia
Saturday, April 23, 2016
3:00 pm4:30 pm

Francofonia: an Elegy for Europe by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2015, 90 mins.). Sokurov’s new film is a rich and unusual meditation on the Louvre...

Film Still from Francophonia

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Francofonia
Sunday, April 24, 2016
3:00 pm4:30 pm

Francofonia: an Elegy for Europe by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2015, 90 mins.). Sokurov’s new film is a rich and unusual meditation on the Louvre...

Film Still from Francophonia

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Francofonia
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
7:00 pm8:30 pm

Francofonia: an Elegy for Europe by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2015, 90 mins.). Sokurov’s new film is a rich and unusual meditation on the Louvre...

Film Still from Francophonia

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Francofonia
Friday, April 29, 2016
7:00 pm8:30 pm

Francofonia: an Elegy for Europe by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2015, 90 mins.). Sokurov’s new film is a rich and unusual meditation on the Louvre...

Film Still from Francophonia

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Francofonia
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
5:00 pm6:30 pm

Francofonia: an Elegy for Europe by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2015, 90 mins.). Sokurov’s new film is a rich and unusual meditation on the Louvre...

Film Still from Francophonia

Film

Francofonia
Thursday, May 5, 2016
3:00 pm4:30 pm

Francofonia: an Elegy for Europe by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2015, 90 mins.). Sokurov’s new film is a rich and unusual meditation on the Louvre...

Film Still from Francophonia

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Francofonia
Saturday, May 7, 2016
11:00 am12:30 pm

Francofonia: an Elegy for Europe by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2015, 90 mins.). Sokurov’s new film is a rich and unusual meditation on the Louvre...