Alexander Sokurov's 'Francofonia' Awarded at Venice

FRANCOFONIA Still - H 2015
Courtesy of Venice International Film Festival

FRANCOFONIA Still - H 2015

It was heralded as the best European film in competition by FEDEORA jury.

Francofonia, by Russian director Alexander Sokurov, has been awarded by the FEDEORA jury as the Best European Film in Competition at the Venice International film festival.

"Francofonia is a complex film exploring themes of European culture in a challenging, sometimes confrontational, but always poetic voice," the jury of FEDEORA, the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean, said in a statement.

Co-produced by France, Germany and the Netherlands and set during the Second World War, Francofonia tells the story of two remarkable men, Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and Nazi Occupation officer Count Wolff-Metternich, whose unlikely alliance would become the driving force behind the preservation of the museum's treasures.

The Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean was founded in May 2010 in Cannes.

Sokurov is one of the most internationally recognized Russian directors. His previous feature, Faust, collected the Golden Lion at Venice back in 2011.

Films Boutique, which handles international sales for Francofonia, has announced deals with a number of territories, including France, Germany, Holland, Japan, Korea, Brazil and Canada. There is still no word about a Russian release.