Catalan artist and filmmaker Albert SERRA (1975, Spain) holds a degree in Spanish Philology and Literary Theory from Barcelona University. He writes, directs and produces both films and plays. His films usually depict European myths and literature. In 2001, Serra co-founded the production company Andergraun Films. Honor de cavalleria/Honour of the Knights was selected by Cahiers du Cinéma as one of the ten best films of 2007. In 2013, a retrospective of Serra's work was screened at the Centre Pompidou. For Història de la meva mort/Story of My Death, Serra was awarded the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in 2013. For La mort de Louis XIV/The Death of Louis XIV, Serra received the Prix Jean Vigo in 2016. Liberté/Freedom received the Un Certain Regard – Special Jury Prize in Cannes 2019.
Crespià: The Film Not the Village (2003), Honor de cavalleria/Honour of the Knights (2006), Super 8 (2006, short, co-dir), Sant Pere de Rodes (2006, short), Rússia (2007, short), El cant dels ocells/Birdsong (2008), L'alto arrigo (2008, short), Baucà (2009, short), Lectura d'un poema (2010, short), Els noms de Crist/The Names of Christ (2011), 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero (2011, co-dir), El Senyor ha fet en mi meravelles/The Lord Has Worked Wonders in Me (2011), Cuba libre (2013, short), Història de la meva mort/Story of My Death (2013), La mort de Louis XIV/The Death of Louis XIV (2016), Roi Soleil (2018), Liberté/Freedom (2019)
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Honor de cavalleria
A Don Quixote without windmills. Without much action of any kind. Serene, moving and enchanting, painterly and gentle, that’s how the knight and his squire Pancho travel through a world still unaffected by the ideas of the modern era. This debut is obviously inspired by the work of Ozu and Bresson, but the best Spanish film of the year can also stand on its own two feet.
El cant dels ocells
Young maestro Serra excels himself in this black & white film with a very dry yet evocative representation of the journey made by the three wise men to the stable of little Jesus. Pure Cinemark by an absolute master enriched with hilarious humour.
Crespià: The Film Not the Village
Loving cult film and idiosyncratic musical portrait of summer festivities in the Catalan village of Crespià, with early performances by the well-known faces from the work of Serra (Honor de cavalleria and El cant dels ocells).
Els noms de Crist
Serra freely interpreted a ‘television series’ for an exhibition at the MACBA in Barcelona. His series deals with the problems involved in funding ‘difficult films’ and draws parallels between religious asceticism and the creation of art; inspired by Fray Luis de Leon.
Story of My Death
Serra won a Golden Leopard in Locarno with this peculiar, at times amusing, always painterly and philosophical film. In his latter days, rationalist and hedonist Casanova travels to a region 'south of the Carpathians', where the dark, romantic Dracula awaits him.
La mort de Louis XIV
On 1 September 1715, King Louis XVI of France dies of gangrene in his palace at Versailles. In his darkened bedroom, confidants and doctors come and go during his last days. The Sun King’s mythical status and his agony come together in this memorable interpretation by Jean-Pierre Léaud.
Bewigged French libertines indulge in De Sadean excesses in the woods at night. Much-discussed provocation from film auteur Serra.