Employing elaborate camera movements, a dense soundscape, intricate production design and spectacular locations, Faust conjures up a unique and phantasmagoric vision of the Faustian legend about a man willing to bargain away his soul. Faust, played by Johannes Zeiler, is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment but he becomes obsessed with the lovely Magarethe (Isolda Dychauk) and eventually sells his soul to the Devil (Anton Adasinsky) also known as the Moneylender, so that he may possess her. Comic, cosmic, painterly and stunningly beautiful scenes abound as the Devil takes Faust on a strange, unforgettable journey that ends in Hell itself. This latest retelling of Faust – one of the most popular stories in western literature – is a mad, delirious, often surreal and unforgettably beautiful cinematic feast from master filmmaker Alexander Sukurov, director of Russian Ark and Alexandra. (Dir. by Alexander Sukurov, 2013, Russia, in German with subtitles, 140 mins., Not Rated) Digital
Festivals: London, Toronto, Venice