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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2015, Aleksandr Sokurov, France, 88 min. With Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath.


The 6 PM screening is a Movie Club event. Join us for a post-screening conversation and a complimentary beverage in the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Gallery/Café. Movie ticket required.

Show Times

  • Fri, May 6th 2:00pm
  • Fri, May 6th 8:00pm
  • Sat, May 7th 3:00pm
  • Sat, May 7th 7:30pm
  • Sun, May 8th 5:30pm
  • Tue, May 10th 8:15pm
  • Wed, May 11th 6:00pm
  • Thu, May 12th 8:15pm
  • Fri, May 13th 8:00pm
  • Sat, May 14th 5:15pm
  • Mon, May 16th 7:45pm
  • Tue, May 17th 6:00pm
  • Wed, May 18th 8:15pm
  • Thu, May 19th 6:00pm
First Chicago run!

"Fascinating and supple ... it works very differently than the stately, methodical one-take wonder RUSSIAN ARK. I found the new one to be a livelier, more stimulating investigation of history, the spoils of war and the way great art serves as a life raft on the rocky seas of our times." – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"A truly bracing, provocative movie, and of course, as is always true with Sokurov, it’s a visual feast.”–Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

In this companion-piece to his Hermitage-ramble RUSSIAN ARK, director Sokurov once again uses an iconic museum as the jumping-off point for a dense and digressive meditation on art and history. The site this time is the Louvre, with a special focus on its fortunes during the Nazi Occupation, and the complex relationship between two key players: the cultivated German overseer Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and his wary collaborator, museum director Jacques Jaujard. In contrast to the all-in-one-take aesthetic of RUSSIAN ARK, the method here is more of a patchwork bricolage, unified by Sokurov’s sardonic commentary as he ranges far and wide to take in a container-ship equivalent of Géricault’s “The Raft of the Medusa,” the role of museums in the construction of nationhood, the relationship of Europe to Russia, ghostly visitations by Napoleon and national symbol Marianne, and much more. In Russian, French, German, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

MAY 17: The 6:00 pm screening on Tue., May 17, is a Movie Club event facilitated by P.D. Young, an Adjunct Lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Masters in Art History in 2011 where his thesis explored a scene of the animals at the circus in Robert Bresson's au Hasard, Balthazar. Though he has lectured widely on modern and contemporary art, he is particularly interested in the intersection of museums and cinema.

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