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Late Sunday night saw the North American premiere of recent Golden Lion winner “Faust”, Aleksandr Sokurov’s stunning take on Goethe’s reworking of the grim German legend. While the film is at times a challenge to endure, the squarish aspect ratio cinematography is breathtaking, the dialogues about love and God are terribly thought-provoking, and the ending, which throughout the films appears like it might never come, is harsh and rewarding. Faust might be one of the most meaningful works of art from recent years, so it may not surprise many that there were walk-outs and fallings-asleep as the screening progressed. No cast or crew were in attendance, but a profound buzz lingered as the theatre was emptied, and the most precise general consensus surely is that Faust was something else.