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Honour of the Knights

Albert Serra
Honor de cavalleria
Spain 2006 / 104’
Waiting for Sancho

The screenplay for Serra’s second film, following Crespià, the film not the village, was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel . “Since Don Quixote and Sancho Panza appear in Honour of the Knights, I could focus on the atmosphere and the details, which draw me in more than the plot or the characterization,” explains the director. We’re all familiar with the adventures that the protagonists get up to, so Serra shows them in their “dead time,” as they carry on unhurried conversations, bathe in a lake or sleep under the open sky. These are just two men who have an attachment to one other but who are, at the same time, separate individuals. The roles of the famous duo were performed by amateur actors discovered by the director: the mature, expressive Lluís Carbó and the silent Lluís Serrat, now an icon of Serra’s films. Serra emphasizes the contrast between them, showing the silhouettes of the protagonists against the landscape, often from below, with the sky in the background, or resting in high grass. The absurdity of using cinematic tools to resurrect a historical period is replaced here by the construction of a space in which literary prototypes exist as a result of their physicality. 

Agnieszka Szeffel


Viennale 2006 - FIPRESCI Prize; Torino FF 2006 - Holden Award for Best Script - Special Mention, Prize of the City of Torino, Special Jury Prize for actors; Entrevues FF 2006 - Grand Prix; Barcelona Film Awards 2006 - Best New Director, Best Film in Catalan Language; Split International Festival of New Film 2007 - Special Award

Albert Serra

A Catalonian director and producer, was born in Banyoles in 1975. He studied Spanish and Comparative Philology at the University of Barcelona. His second film, Honor of the Knights, a loose adaptation of the story of Don Quixote, appeared in the section Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes in 2006. Serra’s second film of 2008, Birdsong, found itself in the program Un Certain Regard, a prestigious section of the Cannes festival, and it was also recognized as the best Catalonian film of the year. The new one Liberté received Special Jury Prize of Un Certain Regard.

Selected filmography

2003 Crespiá

2006 Honor rycerza / Honor de cavallería / Honor of the Knights

2008 Śpiew ptaków / El cant dels ocells / Birdsong

2010 Imiona Chrystusa / Els noms de Crist / The Names of Christ

2013 Historia mojej śmierci / Història de la meva mort / The Story of My Death

2016 Śmierć Ludwika XIV / La mort de Louis XIV / The Death of Louis XIV

2018 Roi Soleil

2019 Liberté

Cast & Crew

director Albert Serra
screenplay Albert Serra
cinematography Christophe Farnarier, Eduard Grau
editing Àngel Martín
music Ferran Font
cast Lluís Carbó, Lluís Serrat, Jaume Badia
producer Montse Triola, Albert Serra
production Andergraun Films, Eddie Saeta S.A., Notro Films
sales Andergraun Films
language Catalan
colouration colour