Story of My Death 2013

Història de la meva mort

Directed by Albert Serra Legends

Albert Serra’s teasing 18th-century drama sees Casanova cross paths with Dracula, as Enlightenment reason and secular pleasure give way to the dangerous passions of Gothic romanticism.

Spain In Catalan with English subtitles
151 minutes 35mm/CinemaScope
M (sex scenes, sexual references)

Director

Screenplay

Albert Serra

Editor

Albert Serra

Producers

MontseTriola
,
Thierry Lounas
,
Albert Serra

Photography

Jimmy Gimferrer

Production designers

MihneaMihailescu
,
Sebastian Vogler

Sound

Joan Pons
,
Jordi Ribas

Music

Ferran Font
,
Marc Verdauguer
,
Joe Robinson
,
EnricJuncà

With

VicençAltaió (Casanova)
,
LluísSerrat (Pompeu)
,
Noelia Rodenas (Delfina)
,
MontseTriola (Carmen)
,
EliseuHuertas (Dràcula)
,
Mike Landscape (Poeta)
,
LluísCarbó (Senyor)
,
Clàudia Robert (Noia)
,
Xavier Pau (Pare)
,
FloargaDootz (Mare)

Awards

Golden Leopard (Best Film)
,
Locarno International Film Festival 2013

Festivals

Locarno
,
Toronto
,
London 2013
,
Rotterdam
,
New Directors/New Films 2014

Elsewhere

The central character in Catalan director Albert Serra’s strange and beautifully envisaged fantasia on 18th-century themes is Casanova. The era’s great, self-documenting libertine is imagined as a crumbling paragon of Enlightenment reason. He regales any of his retinue who will listen with tales of his perceptive brilliance – while fully indulging the most fundamental bodily pleasures left to him. Meanwhile, lurking in the film’s final act, Count Dracula embodies a more dangerous Romantic sensibility awaiting its moment. Serra, who brought his Birdsong to NZIFF in 2011, now contributes the only 35mm film print on our 2014 programme. “The film’s serene flamboyance, its complete confidence in pacing and casting (Serra as usual working with nonprofessional actors), and the sheer pleasure in filmmaking on display make Story of My Death feel like a piece of pure cinematic luxury.