Subtitles: EN, FR, IT
(...) Albert Serra once again expresses his fascination with the agony of the French monarch, this time through a film performance given in Lisbon.
In front of the visitors of an art gallery, an actor stages the slow agony of the French monarch Louis XIV, until his final death, in a physical and psychological challenge of remarkable complexity. ROI SOLEIL is a reflection on the visual meaning of the actor's visage, and the deep mystery behind all genuine representation. The three essential dimensions of this dying body, the person, the actor (the vain person who is aware of being filmed) and the character, are questioned and merged with sensuality and innocence.
Cast: Lluís Serrat
Production: Montse Triola
More than an extension, ROI SOLEIL is in fact a return to the source of The Death of Louis XIV's original project. Through his skillful art of framing and editing, Albert Serra gives ROI SOLEIL, initially a performance created in a contemporary art gallery in Lisbon, a purely cinematographic dimension.
Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma
The magic of cinema is not to create images but to watch images. It's an instant. It's a moment.
Born in 1975 in Banyoles, Albert Serra is a Catalan artist. With a degree in Spanish Philology and Theory of Literature from Barcelona university, he writes plays and directs various video works. In 2006, he acquired international recognition at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight with his first feature, HONOR OF THE KNIGHTS, selected by the Cahiers du Cinema as one of the 10 best films of 2007. Dandy neorealist Albert Serra is a UFO on the European film scene. He uses his films to revisit myths and literature of the old continent. In 2013, a restropective from all his work is organized by the Pompidou Centre. The same year he receives at the Locarno Film Festival the Golden Leopard for STORY OF MY DEATH. In 2016, THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV was part of the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival.