mardi 13 septembre 2011


Alexander Sokurov, director of "Faust", receives the Golden Lion award during the closing ceremony of the 68th Venice Film Festival September 10, 2011.

Sokurov’s Faust is not a film adaptation of Goethe’s tragedy in the usual sense, but a reading of what remains between the lines. What is the colour of a world that gives rise to colossal ideas ? What does it smell like ? It is stuffy in Faust’s world: earthshaking plans are born in the cramped space where he scurries about. He is a thinker, a mouthpiece for ideas, a transmitter of words, a schemer, a daydreamer. An anonymous man driven by simple instincts: hunger, greed, lust. An unhappy, hounded creature that issues a challenge to Goethe’s Faust. Why stay in the moment if one can go further ? Further and further, pressing forward – not noticing that time stands still. And you shall pass, too.

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