The Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will present “Francofonia” (2015, France) as a First Friday Film Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St.

Set against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, master director Alexander Sokurov (“Russian Ark”) applies his uniquely personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for this fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and their compulsory collaboration at the Louvre Museum under the Nazi Occupation.

These two remarkable men — enemies, then collaborators — share an alliance that would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. In its exploration of the Louvre Museum as a living example of civilization, “Francofonia” is a stunning and urgently relevant meditation on the essential relationship between art, culture and history.

First Friday Films is a collaboration between the Farnsworth and the Strand, presented on the first Friday of the month. The films focus on artists and the visual arts, with a brief discussion following the screening. Tickets, $10 or $8 for museum members, are for sale at the Strand box office prior to the screening.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or