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The Lord Worked Wonders in Me

Albert Serra
El Senyor ha fet en mi meravelles
Spain 2011 / 146’
The Name of Christ Cuba libre

As part of a project for the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Lisandro Alonso and Albert Serra exchanged letters on the subject of cinema. They share a similar approach to time and landscape in film, as well as to working with amateurs. Serra takes a team of his regular collaborators—Sanchini (Lluís Serrat); Lluís Carbó, his tennis teacher; Eliseu Huertas, Dracula and a wonderful cyclist; Jordi “Toti” Pau, a hippie from Ibiza who was shot; and producer Monste Triola—on a journey around La Mancha, where together they filmed Honour of the Knights together. The only thing they have to do is stay in the frame—the rest is improvisation based on the strength or weakness of their own personalities. Serra reveals the ludic nature of working on a film, which usually remains hidden. Cinema is a social art, he says. Sanchini occupies a central place on the team, as usual. He is a very important figure. He’s completely transparent, totally innocent. His arm moves, but he’s unaware of it. He says his lines, but he’s unaware of it. He’s never aware, like a flower, says Serra. 

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 Jimmy Gimferrer, Àngel Martín
editing Àngel Martín
cast Lluís Carbó, Lluís Serrat, Eliseu Huertas, Albert Serra, Jordi Pau, Montse Triola, Jimmy Gimferrer, Àngel Martín
producer Albert Serra, Montse Triola
production Andergraun Films
sales Andergraun Films
language Catalan
colouration colour