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Albert Serra

„My films are improvised, there is no script. I always use non-professional actors I know, more or less, so I intuit how they will react. I put them in situations where I ask them to say or do something so I can more or less predict how it will develop. There is a beautiful quote of Picasso’s: ‘I don’t look for things, I find them.“

Photo: Albert Serra (© Claudia Robert Malagelada)

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Filmography

TARDES DE SOLEDAD, 2023, 120 min
TOURMENT SUR LES ÎLES, 2022, 120 min
LIBERTÉ, 2019, 132 min
PERSONALIEN, 2019 (instalation of 2 screens, 86 min)
ROI SOLEIL, 2018, 62 min
LAST DAYS OF LOUIS XIV (LA MORT DE LOUIS XIV), 2016, 115 min
SINGULARITY, 2015, (instalation of 5 screens, 726 min)
CUBA LIBRE, 2014, 18 min
STORY OF MY DEATH (HISTÒRIA DE LA MEVA MORT), 2013, 148 min
THREE LITTLE PIGS, 2012, 6060 min
THE LORD WORKED WONDERS IN ME (EL SENYOR HA FET EN MI MERAVELLES), 2011, 146 min
THE NAMES OF CHRIST (ELS NOMS DE CRIST), 2010, 193 min
BIRDSONG (EL CANT DELS OCELLS), 2008, 93 min
HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS (HONOR DE CAVALLERIA), 2006, 107 min

Statements

Connected to this notion of dehumanization through mechanical action, I’ve always been interested in the fact that a film camera operates clinically. The camera never gets tired, it doesn’t think, doesn’t listen, doesn’t see beyond the frame. The eyes and the mind of the director are the ones that provide filmmaking with a human touch. This is why I never look through the camera viewfinder or at the monitor while we’re shooting—to keep a human perspective not corrupted by the machinal perspective of the camera. With its merciless, tireless vision, the camera reveals things that the human eye doesn’t see. This is why I love shooting very long scenes. Sometimes we shoot for 30 minutes or even for one hour with no cuts, never stopping. There’re few filmmakers that trust so much in the mechanical nature of the camera. You have a documentarian like Wang Bing who shoots very long scenes, but he doesn’t have to deal with a fictional setting and with actors, except in his few fiction features.” (Albert Serra, excerpt from an interview with Manu Yáñez Murillo, filmcomment.com)

Films in the program

GER/FR/Portugal/Spain 2019, 132 min

A forest between Potsdam and Berlin becomes a stage for a beautiful provocation against Puritanism.

LA MORT DE LOUIS XIV, F/Spain/Portugal 2016, 115 min

Suffering and dying do not stop at the most powerful, even the absolute.

ROI SOLEIL, Spain 2018, 62 min

The last hour of the French monarch Louis XIV as a gallery performance.

Spain 2014, 18 min

A tribute to Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his actor Günther Kaufmann.

​HISTÒRIA DE LA MEVA MORT, F/Spain 2013, 148 min

Together with his new servant, Casanova embarks on a journey to the Carpathian Mountains, to meet Dracula.

EL SENYOR HA FET EN MI MERAVELLES, Spain 2011, 146 min

A road movie – on the trail of Don Quixote's mythical locations.

ELS NOMS DE CRIST, Spain 2010, 193 min

Episodic film, divided into 14 chapters, based on the play "De los nombres de Cristo" (1586), by Fray Luis de Leon and intended...

EL CANT DELS OCELLS, Spain 2008, 93 min

The Three Wise Kings travel in search of the Messiah who has just been born.

HONOR DE CAVALLERIA, Spain 2006, 107 min

Based on the novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" by Miguel de Cervantes.

Films in the program

GER/FR/Portugal/Spain 2019, 132 min

A forest between Potsdam and Berlin becomes a stage for a beautiful provocation against Puritanism.

LA MORT DE LOUIS XIV, F/Spain/Portugal 2016, 115 min

Suffering and dying do not stop at the most powerful, even the absolute.

ROI SOLEIL, Spain 2018, 62 min

The last hour of the French monarch Louis XIV as a gallery performance.

Spain 2014, 18 min

A tribute to Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his actor Günther Kaufmann.

​HISTÒRIA DE LA MEVA MORT, F/Spain 2013, 148 min

Together with his new servant, Casanova embarks on a journey to the Carpathian Mountains, to meet Dracula.

EL SENYOR HA FET EN MI MERAVELLES, Spain 2011, 146 min

A road movie – on the trail of Don Quixote's mythical locations.

ELS NOMS DE CRIST, Spain 2010, 193 min

Episodic film, divided into 14 chapters, based on the play "De los nombres de Cristo" (1586), by Fray Luis de Leon and intended for an exhibition.

EL CANT DELS OCELLS, Spain 2008, 93 min

The Three Wise Kings travel in search of the Messiah who has just been born.

HONOR DE CAVALLERIA, Spain 2006, 107 min

Based on the novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" by Miguel de Cervantes.