The Catalan film director Albert Serra is to premiere his new film La mort de Lluís XIV in a special session of the Cannes festival outside the competition. The festival has published the programme of this year’s edition, which will be held between 11th and 22nd May. Furthermore, the Catalan short Timecode, directed by Juanjo Giménez, has been chosen to take part in the Official Shorts Competition.
Albert Serra won the 2006 Golden Camera at Cannes, the prize for the best opera prima at the festival, thanks to the film Honor de cavalleria (Honour of the Knights), a very personal reinterpretation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Two years later, he was back again with this second film, Els cants dels ocells (Birdsong), which was scheduled in the Directors’ Fortnight section parallel to the festival and organized by the Film-makers’ Association.
The film La mort de Lluís XIV, a Franco-Portuguese-Catalan coproduction, was shot at a chateau between Limoges and Bordeaux, where one of the bedrooms was turned into a realistic reproduction of the king’s quarters in the Palace of Versailles.
The short Timecode by Juanjo Giménez, selected to take part in the Official Shorts Competition.
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