Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, April 25, 2014

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Russia/2011—directed by Alexander Sokurov)
From visionary master Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark, The Sun) comes a visually stunning, hallucinatory adaptation of Goethe’s play about a man whose quest to transcend human boundaries leads him to sell his soul to the devil. One of the most popular and often-referenced legends in western literature has surfaced in many forms – operas, plays, movies, dance and more – and Sokurov’s phantasmagoric spectacle conjures the essence of all of them by envisioning a fantastically dreamlike, free-form method of storytelling that forces us to abandon our preconceived notion of the rules of cinema itself. The exquisite digital cinematography is by Bruno Delbonnel (Amélie, Inside Llewyn Davis). Grand Prize, Venice International Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. (134 min.)
“Simply wondrous. Like so many Bruegels, Boschs, Vermeers and Rembrandts come to life. So exhilarating that it almost exhausts you.” –Joumane Chahine, Film Comment
“There are some films that change you forever. This is one of them.” –Darren Aronofsky, director, Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream
“Critics’ Pick! The movie expands in its frame, surpassing simple comprehension and continuing to grow in your mind – and perhaps to blow it – long after it’s over.” –A.O. Scott, The New York Times  
“***** (Five Stars). Cranky, wild and visionary, a rude, lewd take on a classic. Irresistible.” –Nigel Andrews, Financial Times (UK)
“Bliss out on the delirium that is Faust, with images that burn into your memory.” –Manohla Dargis, The New York Times