Official Selection


Albert Serra | Spain, France, Portugal, Germany | 2019 | 120 min.
O.V in French and German in English and Spanish

There is no mildness to be found in Albert Serra: his cruising set in 1774 caused from run-aways to ovations in Cannes, where he added to his shelve the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize. Following the path of Story of My Death and The Death of Louis XIV, Liberté tells the story of a group of French nobles who export debauchery to Germany. Sex is set as a class equalizer, as an eternally disturbing and incorrect element, the never-satisfied-thirst, a symbol of then and now. A game of desiring glances and bodies. Just like the cinema itself.




 Dirección Direction : Albert Serra
Script : Albert Serra
Cinematography: Artur Tort
Editing: Ariadna Ribas, Albert Serra, Artur Tort
Music: Marc Verdaguer, Ferran Font
Sound: Jordi Ribas
Cast: Helmut Berger, Ingrid Caven, Stefano Cassetti, Leonie Jenning, Catalin Jugravu, Anne Tismer
Production: Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Joaquim Sapinho, Albert Serra, Montse Triola
Production Company: Idéale Audience, Rosa Filmes, Andergraun Films


Albert Serra is one of the most singular and groundbreaking authors of Spanish cinema in the 21st century. Born in Banyoles in 1975, he studied Hispanic Philology, Literature Theory and Art History. His free adaptation of the Quixote Honor de Cavalleria brought him international recognition, being selected in the Directors' Fortnight of Cannes in 2006. Followed by El cant dels ocells in 2008, also premiered in Cannes, and winner of the Gran Premio de Entrevues Belfort and the FIPRESCI at Viennale. In 2013 Serra created a ‘carte blanche’ for the Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of a correspondence with Lisandro Alonso. That same year, Historia de la meva mort won the Golden Leopard at Locarno. The death of Louis XIV, with Jean-Pierre Léaud, was screened in the Official Section of Cannes in 2016 (winning the Jean Vigo Prize, passing also through the SEFF, where Roi Soleil, an experimental piece made in 2018, was also present), a festival to which he returned this year with his film Liberté in the Un Certain Regard section, winning the Special Jury Prize. He has also written and directed several theater plays, short films and experimental audiovisual pieces.