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Faust

Seductive deal with the Devil
A despairing scholar sells his soul to Satan in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman.
Alexander Sokurov’s Faust isn’t an adaptation of Goethe’s text in the usual sense. The filmmaker says he shot what he read between the lines. What does the world of good ideas look like? According to the creator of the film, Faust is a mover of thoughts, a conspirator, a dreamer. But like every human being he is ruled by the most fundamental instincts: hunger, greed, and lust. Faust culminates Sokurov’s tetralogy on the nature of power. The first three films focused on actual historical figures: Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, and Emperor Hirohito – all avid gamblers who lost the most important bets of their lives. What does Faust, who belongs to literature and not politics, have to do with them? Like them he loved and propounded words that were easy to believe, and like them he was morbidly unhappy in his daily life. Evil is indestructible: it is always reborn, and Goethe spoke its essence when he said: "Unhappy people are dangerous.”
Original title
Фауст
English title
Faust
Year
2011
Country
Language
DE
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
134 min

Festivals
National
Be2Can
International
Benátky

Awards

Venice IFF
Golden Lion
2011
European Film Awards
Nominee | Best Cinematographer, Best Production Design
2012
Toronto IFF
Masters section
2011

Media reception

Floating World
"Sokurov's interpretation of Faust is one extraordinary, hallucinatory trip."
AV Club
"Undeniably the work of a master."

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