TIFF: Music Box Films Acquires WWII Art Film 'Francofonia'

FRANCOFONIA Still - H 2015
Courtesy of Venice International Film Festival

FRANCOFONIA Still - H 2015

A spring 2016 theatrical release is planned.

Music Box Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Aleksandr Sokurov’s Francofonia

The film is a visual essay, part found footage and part narrative dramatization, that focuses on the unlikely alliance of Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and Nazi occupation officer Franz Wolff-Metternich to ensure the safety of the artwork at the famous Paris museum during the volatile days of World War II.

Francofonia premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it was honored by the jury as the best European film in competition.

The film had its North America premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, where the deal for distribution was finalized between the Berlin-based Films Boutique and Music Box Films.

Francofonia opens in France in November. Music Box Films is planning for a spring 2016 theatrical release.