La mort de Louis XIV

Albert Serra

IFFR 2017

Signatures

  • 115'
  • France
  • 2016

With The Death of Louis XIV, Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra continues a series of radical films, from Honour of the Knights (2006) to Story of My Death (2013), characterised by an opulent yet urgent feeling for the philosophical recreation of historic subjects. His iconoclastic approach is pictorially beautiful and humorous. For the first time, and with worldwide success, Serra here works with professional actors: icon Jean-Pierre Léaud as the French Sun King turns the film into a high point of the year.
In the dark rooms of the palace, illuminated by candles in a beautiful Rembrandt-like pallet, a procession of functionaries and helpers pass the bed of the ruler, who is dying of gangrene. He is unmistakably still the most powerful man in a Europe which is setting one foot – painful, rotting foot – into the modern, rational era, while the other is still bogged down in the mud of the Middle Ages. Or vice versa.

Director
Albert Serra
Countries of production
France, Portugal, Spain
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
115'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Death of Louis XIV
Language
French
Producers
Thierry Lounas, Joaquim Sapinho, Montse Triola
Production Companies
Capricci Production, Rosa Filmes, Andergraun Films
Sales
Capricci Films
Screenplay
Thierry Lounas / Capricci Films, Albert Serra
Cinematography
Jonathan Ricquebourg
Editor
Ariadna Ribas, Artur Tort, Albert Serra
Cast
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Local Distributor
Contact Film
Website
http://www.capricci-international.com