The film director Albert Serra is premiering his new play Liberté on 22nd February, a production by the prestigious Volksbühne and Andergraun Films in collaboration with the Institut Ramon Llull. It is the first major show by the Catalan artist in Germany and six performances of it have been programmed in February and March. The well-known Volksbühne theatre will also be screening the films Els tres porquets (The Three Little Pigs) and Història de la meva mort (Story of My Death), both directed by Albert Serra.
With this new production, which is in German, French and Italian with English subtitles, Albert Serra returns to the theatre and makes his debut in Germany. Known for his controversial portrayals of Don Quixote, Louis XIV, Hitler and Goethe, the director is now creating his own story based on a utopian 18th century. Shortly before the revolution, a group of French freethinkers get together to export freedom to Germany, a philosophy based on the rejection of moral constraints and all authority. But the Germans, with their idiosyncrasy, are still not convinced of such a radical tendency, whereby the ambitious Duchess of Valselay develops some sophisticated and grotesque strategies to improve the marketing of libertinage.
The film director will be working with actors of the Volksbühne and also with highly prestigious international artists such as Ingrid Caven, Helmut Berger, Anne Tismer, Stefano Cassetti, Johanna Dumet, Ann Göbel, Leonie Jenning, Catalin Jugravu, Günther Möbius, Jeanette Spassova and Laurean Wagner. The cast will also include amateur actors, as is usual in Serra’s work. The set design will be Catalan and, among other things, will include a video-projection created by Xavier Pérez Díaz.
The Volksbühne is programming six shows, on 22nd, 24th and 25th February and 22nd and 23rd March. The prestigious theatre will also be screening the film Història de la meva mort, directed by Albert Serra (27th February) and Els tres porquets, created by Albert Serra for dOCUMENTA 13, coproduced by the Institut Ramon Llull.
Albert Serra (Banyoles, 1975) is a film director and producer. His first film Crespià, the film not the village (2003) was never released commercially. Later, he presented Honor de cavalleria (Barcelona de Cinema Award for the Best New Director and the Best Film in Catalan 2006) and El cant dels ocells (Gaudí Award for the Best Film 2009).
In 2009 he was chosen to be the icon of the new avant-garde cinema of the Cannes Festival’s Quinzaine des réalisateurs, and three years later, in 2012 he was one of the artists selected to take part at dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, where he presented the film Els tres porquets. In 2013 he won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival for the film Història de la meva mort. In 2015 he represented Catalonia at the 56th edition of the Venice Art Biennale with La Singularitat, a project promoted by the Institut Ramon Llull and curated by Chus Martínez.
Serra had already worked in the theatre with two plays premiered at the Teatre Lliure together with Àlex Rigola
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