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Story of My Death

Albert Serra
Història de la meva mort
Spain, France, Romania 2013 / 148’
Cuba libre The Death of Louis XIV

Casanova’s final days. In the French provinces, the famous philanderer is devoting himself to small pleasures. He is less interested in the art of love than he is in eating; in the art of speaking, he is second to none, eloquently denouncing the Church, revealing women’s secrets, predicting the timing of beheadings. The weary libertine abandons his château, however, in order to travel through the idyllic landscape of the Carpathian Mountains to meet with Count Dracula. Like a sleepy 18th-century courtier, the dreamlike   Story of My Death is the complete opposite of the classical biography or Fellini’s rococo fantasy   Casanova. Albert Serra avoided a traditional narrative to show the decadent mood of the era with the help of contrasting visual details: refinement in a rude joke, powdered filth and rural innocence, vitality and a slaughtered animal. He portrays the meeting of two legendary sinners, connected only by the compulsion of desire, which is a symbol for self-serving intellect clashing with a brutal, dark force.

Mariusz Mikliński


Locarno IFF 2013 - Golden Leopard; FICUNAM - Silver Puma for Best Director; Gaudí Awards 2014 - Best Costume Design

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
editing Albert Serra
music Ferran Font, Enric Juncà, Joe Robinson, Marc Verdaguer
cast Vicenç Altaió, Clara Visa, Noelia Rodenas, Montse Triola, Eliseu Huertas, Lluís Serrat
producer Thierry Lounas
production Andergraun Films, Capricci Films
Polish distributor Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
language Spanish
colouration colour