Albert Serra

Albert Serra (born 1975) is a Catalan independent filmmaker and manager of the production company Andergraun Fims, set up by Montse Triola primarily to produce Serra's films.[1][2][3] He is best known for his films Story of My Death (2013) and The Death of Louis XIV (2016), starring Jean-Pierre Léaud. Serra has been called "one of the most singular and radical filmmakers working today."[4]

Albert Serra
Albert Serra al MACBA
Albert Serra (right) at a conference
at the MACBA in 2012
Born31 March 1975 (age 43)
Years active2003 - present
WebsiteAndergraun Films - (in Catalan), (in Spanish),
(in French), (in English)

Awards and festival selections

Selected filmography

The following is a list of some of his feature films or contributions to feature films.

Year Title Role Notes
2016 La Mort de Louis XIV
(The Death of Louis XIV)
Inspired by the Duke of Saint Simon’s memoirs.
2013 Història de la meva mort
(Story of My Death)
Death as seen by Casanova and Dracula.
2013 Els tres porquets
(The Three Little Pigs)
Film-performance: 101 hours of film shot during the Kassel Documenta festival and edited and projected there in sections every three days. It is an adaptation of texts from Eckermann's "Conversations with Goethe" and Hugh Trevor-Roper's "Hitler's Table Talk", together with writings by Fassbinder.[29][30][31]
2011 El senyor ha fet en mi meravelles
(The Lord Has Worked Wonders in Me)
2011 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero 1-minute contribution to Estonian anthology film.
2008 El cant dels ocells
Unconventional, minimalist approach to the story of the Magi...
Title is a reference to a traditional Catalan Christmas song.
2006 Honor de Cavalleria
(Honor of the Knights (Quixotic))
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza wander the hills...
2003 Crespià, the film not the village


  1. ^ "Albert Serra: Radical Classicist", Harvard Film Archives. Re-retrieved 2016-09-03.
  2. ^ Andergraun Films at the Catalan Film Database. (in Catalan), (in Spanish), (in English). Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  3. ^ Montse Triola, Spain, European Film Promotion, Promotion of European Film and Talent Worldwide. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  4. ^ "Cannes 2016: The Well-Told Tale". Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  5. ^ "The 2016 Cannes Official Selection", Festival de Cannes website. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  6. ^ "The Death of Louis XIV". Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  7. ^ "The Death of Louis XIV | NYFF54". Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  8. ^ Albert Serra, at the Prix Jean Vigo site. (in French). Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  9. ^ "And the JFF 2016 WInners are...", Jerusalem Film Festival website. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  10. ^ Albert Serra - awards, on IMDb. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  11. ^ "Albert Serra Film Wins Locarno Top Prize", by Scott Foundas,, August 17, 2013. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  12. ^ "The Death of Louis XIV", by Albert Serra (2016), Caprici Arthouse Cinema Label. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  13. ^ "Story of My Death", New Zealand International Film Festival, with commentary by Chris Darke excerpted from Film Comment. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  14. ^ "Ganadores del cuarto FICUNAM", Toma, Revista Mexicana de Cine, 11 March 2014. (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  15. ^ "Premis Gaudí 2014: les dues vies del cinema català", by Judith Vives, Núvol, el digital de la cultura, 3 February 2014. (in Catalan). Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  16. ^ Quinzaine: 2008, official website of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs / Director's Fortnight. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  17. ^ "El cant dels ocells d'Albert Serra triomfa a la gala dels premis Gaudí del cinema", Vilaweb, 20 January 2009. (in Catalan). Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  18. ^ 2008 Edition, official festival site. (in English), (in French). Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  19. ^ 44th Viennale, FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  20. ^ Fipresci 2006 Awards, FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  21. ^ Festivalarchiv 06, Viennale, Vienna International Film Festival. (in German), (in English). Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  22. ^ "Honor de Cavalleria", Torino Film Festival. (in Italian), (in English). Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  23. ^ Albert Serra - awards, on IMDb. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  24. ^ "2006. INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: A look back at the awards", official festival site. (in English), (in French). Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  25. ^ "V Premis Barcelona de Cinema", news on VilaWeb TV, 20 December 2006. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  26. ^ "Story of My Death", 40th Seattle International Film Festival, 2014. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  27. ^ Top Ten 2007. "Palmares 2007: Meilleurs films de l'année 2007", Cahiers du Cinéma. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  28. ^ "Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Lists 1951-2009", from CalTech alumnus site. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  29. ^ "EL POMPIDOU INAUGURA UNA RETROSPECTIVA SOBRE EL CINEASTA ALBERT SERRA / Hitler, Goethe y Fassbinder, 'tres cerditos' en 101 horas de cine", by Rubén Díaz Caviedes, El Confidencial, 16 April 2013. (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  30. ^ "Last days to see 'Singularity', by Albert Serra, in Venice", Press Release, Institut Ramon Llull, 13 November 2015. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  31. ^ "Albert Serra explicarà 'Els tres porquets' a la Documenta", by Laura Serra,, 31 March 2012. (in Catalan). Retrieved 2016-09-03.

External links

1899–1900 FC Barcelona season

The 1899-1900 season was the first season for FC Barcelona. The club played some friendly matches against local clubs.

2016 Toronto International Film Festival

The 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival was held from 8 to 18 September 2016. The first announcement of films to be screened at the festival took place on 26 July. Almost 400 films were shown.

22nd Lumières Awards

The 22nd Lumières Awards ceremony, presented by the Académie des Lumières, was held at the Théâtre de la Madeleine in Paris on 30 January 2017 to honour the best in French films of 2016. The nominations were announced on 16 December 2016.Elle won three awards, including Best Film.

60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero

60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero is a 2011 anthology film, a one-time-only event that took place in the Port of Tallinn, Estonia on 22 December 2011. The film is a collection of one-minute short films created by 60 filmmakers from around the world on the theme of the death of cinema.The project, developed as an ode to 35mm film and dedicated to preserving the freedom of thought in cinema, was conceived by Veiko Õunpuu with Taavi Eelmaa and funded by the 2011 European Capital of Culture Tallinn, the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the EU-Japan Fest Committee.

Albert Forns i Canal

Albert Forns i Canal (born 8 April 1982 in Granollers) is a Catalan journalist, writer and poet. Specialised in digital journalism, has worked in cultural institutions like the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. Forns stands out for having won the Documenta Prize of narrative with his first novel Albert Serra (the novel, not the film-maker), where the author questions some appearances of the contemporary art mixing fiction, journalism and essay, and where also appear other Catalan artists out like Miquel Barceló or Salvador Dalí, and other writers like Enrique Vila-MatasThe autumn of 2013 Forns received a scholarship from the Institut Ramon Llull to stay at a writers' residence in the State of New York, to prepare his second novel, Jambalaia, rewarded with First Anagrama Prize for Novels in Catalan language.

Albert Serra Figueras

Albert Serra Figueras (born 6 October 1978) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current manager of CE Besalú (youth).

Birdsong (2008 film)

Birdsong (Catalan: El cant dels ocells) is a 2008 contemplative film by Catalan auteur Albert Serra. The film recounts the journey of the three wise men as they travel to meet the Baby Jesus. Serra shot and edited over 100 hours of footage for the film. Canadian film critic Mark Peranson played Joseph.

CD Banyoles

Club Deportiu Banyoles is a catalan football team]] based in the city of Banyoles, in the autonomous community of Catalonia. Founded in 1913, it plays in Segona Catalana, holding home games at Estadi Nou Municipal, which has a capacity of 4,000 spectators.

Catalan Football Federation

The Catalan Football Federation (Catalan: Federació Catalana de Futbol) is the football association responsible for administering football in Catalonia. It was formed on 11 November 1900 as the Football Associació de Catalunya (English: Football Association of Catalonia). It was the first football association founded in Spain. The first president was Eduard Alesson and the original members included FC Barcelona, Català SC, Hispania AC and Sociedad Española de Football.

Between 1903 and 1940, the federation organised the Campionat de Catalunya, the first league championship ever played in Spain. Since 1904, the federation has also organised the Catalonia national football team. Today, the federation continues to organise its own club competition, the Copa Catalunya. It also administers Tercera División Group 5 and the Primera Catalana within the Spanish football league system.

Entrevues Belfort film festival

The Entrevues Belfort film festival is an annual international film festival, founded in 1986 by Janine Bazin and held in Belfort, France. Through its First Films International Competition (from 1st to 3rd film), the festival is dedicated to support emerging filmmakers. Alongside of the International Competition, the festival focuses on rediscovering filmmakers from the cinematic heritage with retrospectives, tributes and encounters. It also offers a Post-production Grant for first international features films.

Since 1986, the festival has been successively directed by Janine Bazin (1986-2000), Bernard Benoliel (2001-2004), Catherine Bizern (2005-2012) and Lili Hinstin (since 2013).

Many first films of now renowned young directors were selected by EntreVues Belfort, such as:

Darren Aronofsky

Alain Guiraudie

Chen Kaige

Abdellatif Kechiche

Wang Chao

Athina Rachel Tsangari

Rabah Ameur-Zaimèche

Angela Shanelec

Patricia Mazuy

Yousry Nasrallah

Olivier Assayas

Jean-Claude Brisseau

João Botelho

Laurent Cantet

Leos Carax

Pedro Costa

Idrissa Ouedraogo

François Ozon

Nicolas Philibert

Paulo Rocha

Walter Salles

Claire Simon

Lars Von Trier, and also, more recently, Laurent Achard, Brillante Mendoza, Albert Serra, Sophie Letourneur or Tariq Teguia.Since 1986, retrospectives have been dedicated to international directors such as: Michelangelo Antonioni, David Cronenberg, Michael Cimino, Jerzy Skolimowski, Barbet Schroeder, Paul Schrader, Milos Forman, Marco Bellocchio, Paul Verhoeven, Abel Ferrara, Jean-Claude Brisseau, Jean-Pierre Mocky, John Carpenter, Jacques Doillon, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Otar Iosseliani or Bong Joon-ho.In 2015, the festival has celebrated its 30th edition.

Gaudí Awards

The Gaudí Awards, known in Catalan as Premis Gaudí, are the main film awards of Catalonia, celebrated annually in Barcelona. The awards were established in 2009 by the Catalan Academy of Cinema as a continuation and expansion of the Barcelona Cinema Awards (Premis Barcelona de Cinema), originally established in 2002.The trophy was designed by Montse Ribé and is inspired by the chimneys of Antoni Gaudi's la Pedrera.

Honor of the Knights

Honor of the Knights (Catalan: Honor de cavalleria; also known as Honor of the Knights/Quixotic) is a 2006 slow film by Catalan auteur Albert Serra. The film re-envisions the adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, but eschews Cervantes' narrative in favour of a contemplative, wandering story. Serra explained that he chose the subject-matter of the film so he could "focus on atmosphere... on things I love better than just showing the plot... With these characters... I don’t care about being more or less faithful to the original source or character that comes from literature or history".The film was screened at the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

List of film auteurs

This is a list of filmmakers who have been described as an auteur.

Lumières Award for Best Director

The Lumières Award for Best Director (French: Prix Lumières du meilleur réalisateur) is an annual award presented by the Académie des Lumières since 1996.

Lumières Award for Best Film

The Lumières Award for Best Film (French: Prix Lumières du meilleur film) is an annual award presented by the Académie des Lumières since 1996.

Prix Jean Vigo

The Prix Jean Vigo is an award in the Cinema of France given annually since 1951 to a French film director in homage to Jean Vigo. It was founded by French writer Claude Aveline. Since 1960, the award is given to a director of a feature film and to a director of a short film.

The award is usually given to a young director, for his or her independent spirit and stylistic originality.

Story of My Death

Story of My Death (Història de la meva mort) is a film directed by Albert Serra. It won the Golden Leopard at the 2013 Locarno International Film Festival.

The Death of Louis XIV

The Death of Louis XIV (French: La Mort de Louis XIV) is a 2016 historical drama film written and directed by Albert Serra and starring Jean-Pierre Léaud as King Louis XIV. The film was screened out of competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It made its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and its U.S. premiere at the 54th New York Film Festival.

UE Figueres

Unió Esportiva Figueres is a Spanish football team based in Figueres, in the autonomous community of Catalonia. Founded in 1919 and refounded in 2007 it plays in Tercera División – Group 5, holding home matches at Estadi Municipal de Vilatenim, with a seating capacity of 9,472.

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