Faust

Faust

Starring:
  • Johannes Zeiler
  • Anton Adasinsky
  • Isolda Dychauk
  • Georg Friedrich
  • Hanna Schygulla
Director:
  • Alexander Sokurov
Screenwriter:
  • Alexander Sokurov
  • Marina Koreneva
Story:
  • Yuri Arabov
Based on:
  • Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe
Producer:
  • Andrey Sigle
Production Company:
  • Leisure Times Features

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Faust (2011/2013)

Opened: 11/15/2013 Limited

Limited11/15/2013
Lincoln Ctr/NY11/15/2013 - 11/21/20137 days
Film Forum/NYC11/15/2013 - 12/05/201321 days
Playhouse 711/22/2013 - 11/28/20137 days
Royal11/22/2013 - 11/28/20137 days
Town Center 511/22/2013 - 11/28/20137 days
Cinema Village12/06/2013 - 12/12/20137 days
Music Box Thea...12/20/2013 - 12/26/20137 days

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Genre: Russian Drama/Fantasy (German w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated

Synopsis

Winner of the 2011 Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion, FAUST is acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov's latest film, a hallucinatory re-imagining of Goethe's masterpiece set in the early 19th century. Using elaborate camera movements, a dense soundscape, intricate production design and spectacular locations, FAUST conjures up a unique and phantasmagoric vision of the Faustian legend. Faust (Johannes Zeiler,) is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment, but becomes obsessed with the lovely Margarete (Isolda Dychauk) and eventually sells his soul to the Devil (Anton Adasinsky) also known as the Moneylender, so that he may possess her. Comic, cosmic, painterly and stunningly beautiful scenes abound as the Devil takes Faust on a strange, unforgettable journey that ends in Hell itself.

The story of FAUST is one of the most popular in western literature -- there is the opera, play, movies and countless other adaptations.

FAUST is the final installment of Alexander Sokurov's cinematic tetralogy on the nature of power. The main characters in the first three films are real historical figures: Adolph Hitler (Moloch, 1999), Vladimir Lenin (Taurus, 2000), and Emperor Hirohito (The Sun, 2005). The symbolic image of Faust completes this series of great gamblers who lost the most important wagers of their lives.

Director's Statement

Faust is seemingly out of place in this portrait gallery, an almost museum-like literary character framed by a simple plot. What does he have in common with these real figures (from the three previous films about historical figures) who ascended to the pinnacle of power? A love of words that are easy to believe and a pathological unhappiness in everyday life. Evil is reproducible and Goethe formulated its essence: "Unhappy people are dangerous."

-- Alexander Sokurov, Director

 

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