Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2011, Faust completes Sokurov’s loose tetralogy on the lives of historical figures, which began with studies of Adolf Hitler (Moloch, 1999), Vladimir Lenin (Taurus, 2000) and Emperor Hirohito (The Sun, 2005). His new film delves deeper into the nature of power with a unique take on Goethe’s classic tale.
From one of Russia’s greatest filmmakers comes a unique interpretation of Goethe’s classic tale of a man who sells his soul to the Devil. A coda to the director’s fictional profiles of three tyrants (Hitler in Moloch, Stalin in Taurus and Hirohito in The Sun), Sokurov’s latest film explores mankind’s propensity for corruption in the face of power and sexual gratification. And as with all the director’s films, the result is a work of ravishing beauty. Available on Curzon on Demand 11 May. http://www.curzoncinemas.com/films/details/1193/faust-sokurov/