Berlin-based sales outfit Films Boutique is back in business with celebrated Russian auteur and Golden Lion winner Alexander Sokurov [pictured].
Following their collaboration on Faust (which carried off the main prize at the 2011 Venice Festival), Films Boutique and Sokurov are working together on new feature Francofonia - Le Louvre Under German Occupation.
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Produced by Berlin-based company Zero One Film, by Paris-based Idéale Audience and with the involvement of the Louvre itself, the film will be shot in the Museum at the end of the year and should be ready by mid-2014.
The film will again see Sokurov work with French cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel (Amelie, Dark Shadows, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). The Louvre project looks as if it is shaping up as a companion piece to Sokurov’s 2002 feature (and Cannes contender) Russian Ark, which was filmed entirely in the Winter Palace of the Russian Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.
“Following Faust, we are very proud and excited to continue our collaboration with Mr Sokurov. Many people discovered his work with Russian Ark. It’s a cinephile’s dream to have Mr Sokurov working on a new film shot in Le Louvre,” commented Films Boutique CEO Jean-Christophe Simon.
In time for Cannes, Films Boutique also acquired world rights on the new feature documentary Concerning Violence by Swedish filmmaker Göran Olsson who previously directed The Black Power Mixtape.
Concerning Violence will cover the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation in the African colonies based on newly discovered, powerful archive material and based on the book, The Wretched of the Earth, by Franz Fanon. The film is expected to be ready in late 2013/Spring 2014