Roi Soleil

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Roi Soleil

Albert Serra
E/P, 2018
Features, 61min, OmeU

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Roi Soleil

Albert Serra
E/P, 2018
Features, 61min, OmeU

Cast: 
Lluís Serrat
Screenplay: 
Albert Serra
Sound: 
Jordi Ribas
Camera: 
Artur Tort
Editor: 
Ariadna Ribas
Albert Serra
Composer: 
Marc Verdaguer

Production: 
Andergraun Films
World Sales: 
Andergraun Films
Format: 
DCP
Color

Albert Serra cultivated an art at home in cinemas as much as in exhibition venues, blurring the boundaries between these rather different spaces. If never as thoroughly as with ROI SOLEIL, which intertwines installation and performance art in the creation of a minimalist beast best described as the brutally ironic, red-neon-cool art scene-double of Serra’s warmest and maybe most heart-felt film so far, LA MORT DE LOUIS XIV (2016). The images and sounds for ROI SOLEIL were recorded in early 2017 at the Galeria Graça Brandão (Lisbon) where Lluís Serrat (in just-about every possible sense the opposite of LA MORT DE LOUIS XIV’s Jean-Pierre Léaud) performed the monarch’s agony for seven days in front of the space’s visitors, using merely a few props, most importantly: a massive wig and a tacky, multi-tired cake stand. Some 29 hours of material showing Serrat shuffing around, lying down, moaning, writhing, then finally keeping dead still were condensed by Serra into a 61-minute tight piece that from mid-August on was screened for a month twice an evening at the Galeria Cadaqués (Girona) as a video-installation in cinema-like circumstances. And now, it has arrived where it always belonged: cinema! (Olaf Möller)

In the presence of Albert Serra und Montse Triola.

Albert Serra: LA MORT DE LOUIS XIV (2016), SINGULARITY (2015), STORY OF MY DEATH (2013), THREE LITTLE PIGS (2012), LORD WORKED WONDERS IN ME (2011), THE NAMES OF CHRIST (2010), BIRDSONG (2008), HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS (2006)