Once again, after the masterpiece The Death of Louis XIV, with Jean-Pierre Léaud, we get to witness in Roi Soleil the death of the famous King, only this time as the declared form of a show about itself: about art, the end of it, and its latest ends. A film-performance, a little bit more literal than the others, because the death of Louis XIV (Lluís Serrat, his favorite actor), is filmed in period or stage costumes, inside the blood-red “white cube” of an art gallery where an audience of today’s visitors could show up anytime, by way of a court, a long way from Versailles. Ever more an iconoclast but even more a plastic artist, Serra makes us experience the ordeal, and makes the final blow sensible and physical – while all the time talking about images only. Emptying the figure once more, ruining the “figurative”, making a whole film that can be summed up in a single sentence, but without abandoning the form or neglecting the material, while keeping all of their appeal and terrors: such is Albert Serra’s post-conceptual cinema, and Roi Soleil certainly is its monochrome-like prototype. A “piece”, as they say of artists’ works, made of four walls and one body right in the middle, a film that dares summoning the worse, for our attention. Cinema as failure to assist a figure in danger. (L.C.)
Albert Serra en libertés !
Filmmaking as stations of the cross. Serra’s only “series” to date, in fourteen short episodes – one for each station of Christ’s martyr – was commissioned by the MACBA in Barcelona for...En savoir +
Albert Serra Lost in the countryside, locked outside or at the margins of Cervantes’ famous book, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza remember, often silently, their past and future adventures. This film...En savoir +
Albert Serra In disbelief, we follow the making of a film that does not exist, together with the director and his crew, who travel across La Mancha on the real sites of Cervantes’ Don Quixote. The...En savoir +
Albert Serra Once again, after the masterpiece The Death of Louis XIV, with Jean-Pierre Léaud, we get to witness in Roi Soleil the death of the famous King, only this time as the declared form of...En savoir +
Albert Serra A forest at night somewhere in Europe, in an 18th century that looks like the end of times, becomes the theatre of experimental sexual encounters among libertines of some anonymous...En savoir +
Albert Serra High commissioner De Roller, who represents the French government in French Polynesia, tries to make his way through the forces involved, in a wild, political-fiction version of...En savoir +