FRANCOFONIA: An Elegy for Europe

April 20 - May 7, 2016


   Famed Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's newest film is a rich meditation on the Louvre Museum in Paris and the preservation of European culture during the destructive climate of World War Two. Trained as a historian before becoming a filmmaker, Sokurov himself narrates Francofonia, occasionally delving into European history more broadly and ruminating on the course of Europe today.
   In Russian, French and German with English subtitles. 90 minutes. Russia, 2015

Co-presented by the Museum of Fine Arts Film Program and BRAI.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue

$5 students, $9 MFA members and BRAI subscribers (join the list here to receive discount), $11 general admission.
Tickets may be purchased online, on the phone (800-440-6975) and in person at the MFA Box Office. NB: May screening dates go on sale in mid-April.

May 7th: a special Q&A and discussion in honor of World War II Victory Day, with Anna Winestein, Executive Director of BRAI and Professor Harlow Robinson, Matthews Distinguished Professor of History at Northeastern University.


Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium
April 21, 2016, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
April 22, 2016, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
April 23, 2016, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
May 4, 2015, 5 pm - 6:30 pm
May 5, 2015, 3 pm - 4:30 pm
May 7, 2015, 11 am - 1:20 pm Includes Q&A with Anna Winestein, BRAI and Professor Harlow Robinson of Northeastern University.

Alfond Auditorium
April 20, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
April 24, 2016, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
April 27, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
April 29, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


April 22-24th, complete the experience by seeing Sokurov’s earlier masterpiece, Russian Ark, set in St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum.

Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium
April 22, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm
April 23, 2016, 12:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Alfond Auditorium
April 24, 2016, 12:30 pm – 2:15 pm

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 past 200 years. This groundbreaking film by Aleksandr Sokurov has won numerous awards and was nominated for the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Remarkably, the film floats the viewer through 33 rooms of the museum using a single long camera shot, uninterrupted by cuts and editing. In this ambitious production, featuring a cast of over 2,000 actors and three orchestras, Sokurov weaves a coherent and riveting narrative. (2002, 96 mins.).


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