November 15, 2013
Studio: Leisure Time Features
Director: Alexander Sokurov
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Alexander Sokurov, Marina Koreneva
Starring: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinskiy, Isolda Dychauk, Hannah Schygulla
Copyright Holder: N/A
Sokurov’s "Faust" is 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. Alexander Sokurov is arguably Russia's most acclaimed living filmmaker. "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). None other than Russian President Vladimir Putin, helped Sokurov with providing government funding for the film. Sokurov's other films include "Russian Ark," "Mother and Son" and "Father and Son."