Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov has been filming his version of Faust since August in the Czech Republic and Germany. Filming has now moved to Iceland, where the production will remain for several days. Icelandic actor Sigurdur Skúlason (The Sea, Children and Astropia) appears in the film as Faust’s father. Other Icelandic actors will also appear in the film. The leading role of Faust is played by Russian actor and Sokurov regular Leonid Mozgovoy. Germany’s Hanna Schygulla also participates.
Faust is the fourth and final film in Sokurov’s “tetralogy” on the corrupting effects of power. The other three are studies of Adolf Hitler (Moloch, 1999), Vladimir Lenin (Taurus, 2000) and Japanese emperor Hirohito (The Sun, 2004).
Inspired by the German legend of a man who makes a pact with the devil in return for knowledge, and drawing on works by Goethe and Thomas Mann, Sokurov’s Faust aims to draw together the themes of his earlier three films into a comprehensive exploration of the darker side of human beings, said producer Andrey Sigle to Variety, earlier this year.
Sagafilm handles production services on the project in Iceland.