Art and Experience: Alexander Sokurov will come to Iran for participating in 34th Fajr International Film Festival.

According to the public relations office of 34th Fajr International Film Festival, Alexander Sokurov, the famous Russian director will come to Iran in next week for participating in 34th Fajr International Film Festival which is held 20th to 25th April.

One of the programs of this edition of the festival in “Special Screenings and Events” is and screening the documentary of “Franco Fonia” directed by Alexander Sokurov about Louvre Museum. Alexander Sokurov will come to Iran for screening of this documentary, also for having a speech in Cinema-Theatre Faculty for students.

Alexander Sokurov was born in 1951 in Podorvikha, Irkutsk Oblast, in Siberia, Alexander Sokurov is one of the most celebrated auteurs of our times.

Born into a military officer’s family, he graduated from the History Department of the Nizhny Novgorod University in 1974 and entered one of the VGIK studios the following year. There he became friends with Tarkovsky and was deeply influenced by his film MIRROR. Most of Sokurov’s early features were banned by Soviet authorities. During his early period, he produced numerous documentaries, including THE DIALOGUES WITH SOLZHENITSYN and a reportage about Grigori Kozintsev’s flat in St Petersburg. His film MOURNFUL UNCONCERN was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival in 1987.

MOTHER AND SON (1997) was his first internationally acclaimed feature film. It was entered into the 20th Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Special Silver St. George. It was mirrored by FATHER AND SON (2003). Susan Sontag included two Sokurov features among her ten favorite films of the 1990s, saying: “There’s no director active today whose films I admire as much.” In 2006, he received the Master of Cinema Award of the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg.

Sokurov is a Cannes Film Festival regular, with four of his movies having debuted there. However, until 2011, Sokurov didn’t win top awards at major international festivals. For a long time, his most commercially and critically successful film was the semi-documentary RUSSIAN ARK (2002), acclaimed primarily for its visually hypnotic images and single unedited shot.

 

Sokurov has filmed a tetralogy exploring the corrupting effects of power. The first three installments were dedicated to prominent 20th-century rulers: MOLOCH (1999), about Hitler, TAURUS (2000), about Lenin, and THE SUN (2004) about Emperor Hirohito. In 2011, Sokurov shot the last part of the series, FAUST, a retelling of Goethe’s tragedy. The film, depicting instincts and schemes of Faust in his lust for power, premiered on 8 September 2011 in competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. The film won the Golden Lion, the highest award of the Venice Festival.