The Three Wise Kings travel in search of the Messiah, who has just been born. –Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Albert Serra was born in Banyoles, Catalunya, in 1975. A Hispanic Philology and Comparative Literature major from the Universidad of Barcelona, his first feature was Crespià, the Film not the Village (2002). He has written, produced and directed Honour of the Knights (Quixotic) (2006), selected by Cahiers du Cinéma as one of the top ten pictures of 2007. He has also written and directed Bird Song, which was premiered at Cannes 2008 and is now in this Festival’s competition. He’s currently working on a new film, and writing a play commissioned by the Teatre Lliure of Barcelona. —Mardelplatafilmfest.com
A lucid and languorous journey of gorgeous images, with the luxury of time given to its audience to contemplate them earnestly. I myself decided to watch without subtitles - as I do with Tarr, Bartas et al, because a peculiar dreamlike sensation resonates from these kind of experiences, when all you have is images and time.
Birdsong is one of the few films nowadays that gives you the luxury of time. While everything outside rushes past, you can snuggle up and stop the time. A wonderful demonstration how expressive minimalism can be.
Albert Serra is the first truly religious filmmaker since Dreyer and Bresson, embracing and developing further their transcendental styles.