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Cuba libre

Albert Serra
Spain 2013 / 18’
The Lord Worked Wonders in Me Story of My Death

Albert Serra pays tribute to Rainer Werner Fassbinder in a nightclub filled with characters taken, it would seem, straight from his idol’s films. A stifling atmosphere, drops of sweat on the forehead of a black singer, an alarming exchange of glances. Lluís Serrat, wearing a leather vest and his characteristic sunglasses, plays the role of Fassbinder.

Agnieszka Szeffel

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 Miquel Barceló, Artur Tort
editing Àngel Martín
music Ferran Font, Enric Juncà, Joe Robinson, Marc Verdaguer
cast Lluís Carbó, Wolfgang Danz, Xavier Gratacós, Lluís Serrat, Albert Serra
sales Andergraun Films
language Spanish, English
colouration colour