On 12th September, 2019, Albert Serra's feature film LIBERTÉ will have its theatrical release during Berlin Art Week (distributed by Filmgalerie 451). At the same time the eponymous video installation will have its German premiere, which can be seen from 11th September to 15th September in Villa Schöningen.
"Liberté", starring Helmut Berger, Marc Susini, Baptiste Pinteaux, is the cinematic recreation of his controversial 2018 Berlin Volksbühne play of the same name and had its world premiere in this year’s 2019 Un Certain Regard - Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize.
Special guest: Albert Serra - during Art Week in Berlin
09/13 / 20:30 h: Film & Q&A at Hackesche Höfe Kino, Moderation: Nicolas Wackerbarth
09/14 / 19:00 h: Film & Q&A at Wolf Kino, Moderation: Kristofer Woods
09/15 / 11:00 h: Video installation & Artist Talk in the garden of Villa Schöningen in Potsdam, additional guest: Alexander García Düttmann, Moderation: Nicolas Wackerbarth. The video installation is to see from 09/11 to 09/15, daily from 12:00 to 18:00 h.
*Hackesche Höfe Kino: English subtitles / Wolf Kino: English or German subtitles - please check the program
Berlin: Hackesche Höfe Kino - from 09/13-09/18
Berlin: Wolf Kino - from 09/13-09/25
Nürnberg: Filmhaus - from 10/10 to 10/16
1774, shortly before the French Revolution, somewhere between Potsdam and Berlin. Madame de Dumeval, the Duc de Tesis and the Duc de Wand, libertines expelled from the puritanical court of Louis XVI, seek the support of the legendary Duc de Walchen, German seducer and freethinker, lonely in a country where hypocrisy and false virtue reign. Their mission is to export libertinage, a philosophy of enlightenment founded on the rejection of moral boundaries and authorities, but moreover to find a safe place to pursue their errant games, where the quest for pleasure no longer obeys laws other than those dictated by unfulfilled desires.
Born in Banyoles in 1975, Albert Serra is a Catalan artist and director. Having studied philosophy and literature, he wrote plays and produced different video works. He gained an international recognition with his first long feature, "Honor of the Knights", a free adaptation of Don Quijote played by non- professional actors from his village. The film was presented at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2006. For his second film, "Birdsong", Serra took inspiration in a traditional Catalan Christmas song, El cant dels ocells, and worked with the same group of people to tell the story of the Three Wise Men following their guiding star to find Jesus. In 2013, the Centre Pompidou in Paris gave him a carte blanche for a correspondence with the Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso. The same year he received the Golden Leopard in Locarno for his new film "Story of my Death", inspired by Casanova’s memoirs. "The Death of Louis XIV" starring Jean-Pierre Léaud as the Sun King, was presented in the Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival 2016.
- Liberté (2019) Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection - Un Certain Regard
- La Mort de Louis XIV / The Death of Louis XIV (2016) Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection
- Histoire de ma Mort / Story of my Death (2013) Locarno Film Festival, Golden Leopard
- Le Chant des Oiseaux / Birdsong (2008) Directors’ Fortnight
- Honor de Cavalleria / Honor of the Knights (2006) Directors’ Fortnight
Awards and Festivals
- Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection - Un Certain Regard - Special Jury Prize.
- Filmfest München