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FAUST

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DIRECTED BY ALEXANDER SOKUROV

Winner, Golden Bear for Best Film, 2011 Venice International Film Festival. From acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov (RUSSIAN ARK, THE SUN), FAUST is an hallucinatory period piece set in the early 19th century and inspired by Goethe’s famous play. Employing elaborate camera movements, a layered soundscape, intricate production design and spectacular locations, FAUST conjures a unique and phantasmagoric vision of the Faustian legend. The title character, played by Johannes Zeiler, is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment but he becomes obsessed with the lovely Magarete (Isolda Dychauk) and sells his soul to the Devil (aka the Moneylender, played by Anton Adasinsky) so that he may possess her. Comic, cosmic, painterly and stunningly beautiful scenes unfold as the Devil takes Faust on a strange, unforgettable journey. FAUST concludes Sokurov’s ambitious “Men of Power” tetralogy, which includes films on Adolph Hitler (MOLOCH, 1999), Vladimir Lenin (TAURUS, 2001) and Emperor Hirohito (THE SUN, 2005).

RUSSIA • 2011 • 134 mins. • IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • LEISURE TIME FEATURES

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“Bliss out on the delirium that is FAUST, the latest from Alexander Sokurov (RUSSIAN ARK). An eccentric interpretation of the Goethe play, FAUST is mesmerizing, at times predictably if divertingly bewildering and beautiful, with images that burn into your memory...” 
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Russia’s leading and most controversial filmmaker! FAUST is a free and borderline- freaky adaptation of the soul-selling classic.”
– Richard Corliss, TIME

“There are some films that make you cry, there are some films that make you laugh, and there are some films that change you forever after you see them; and this is one of them.”
- Darren Aronofsky, filmmaker and 2011 Venice Film Festival jury president

*****! [5 stars]
Cranky, wild and visionary...It’s a rude, lewd take on a classic, and irresistible.”
– Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

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