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Watch: Nazi-Occupied Paris Comes Back to Life in ‘Francofonia’ Trailer

Watch: Nazi-Occupied Paris Comes Back to Life in 'Francofonia' Trailer

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The trailer for the latest film by Alexander Sokurov, director of “Faust” and “Russian Ark,” is an unusual one. The “Francofonia” trailer looks antique, with a sepia tone and effect that simulates the flickering of an old film strip interspersed with actual archival footage from the events it recreates from Paris during the Nazi Occupation. 

The official synopsis reads: “‘Francofonia’ is the story of two remarkable men, Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and Nazi Occupation officer Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich – enemies then collaborators – whose alliance would be the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. ‘Francofonia’ explores the relationship between art and power, the Louvre museum as a living example of civilization, and what art tells us about ourselves even in the midst of one of the bloodiest conflicts the world has ever seen.”

The film’s world premiere will be on September 4 at the Venice Film Festival. Watch the trailer above.

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