Casanova gets to know his new manservant, who will bear witness to his final days of life. Leaving a French château with its typical 18th century atmosphere of licentiousness, he spends his final days in impoverished, dismal northern Europe. There, his world of frivolity and high society, as well as his Enlightenment rationalism, crumble when faced with a new, violent, esoteric and romantic force represented by Dracula and his eternal power. –Locarno Film Festival
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
The transition between the XVIII century (Casanova, rationalism, Enlightenment, etc) and the XIX century (Dracula, romanticism, mysticism, etc). Beautifully shot, i'm still wondering what kind of film he used, it looks like some old 16mm!
after having seen Honor de Cavalleria, I think I got a little bit more into the cinema that Serra is making: an almost blank space for the mind of the viewer to fill. nevertheless, if Honor is though but fantasticly meaningful, Historia is too long to sustain with the same intensity.
More from TIFF: Albert Serra’s Casanova meets Dracula picture, and experimental shorts in the Wavelengths program.
Locarno comes to a close, Hitchcock close-ups, Jerry Lewis on The Day the Clown Cried, Giallos in Australia, and more.