Plot: A version of the German legend in which a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge.
Quick comment: Master direction from Sokurov in this loose and controversial though captivating adaptation of Goethe's literary work. Every frame is like a painting made with brush strokes of grotesque and profanity. As in most of his movies, the adopted style and mood are not easy to assimilate at once whereas its creative approach has something to say in a time where fresh new ideas in cinema become scarce.
Relevant Awards: Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Italy.