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Story of My Death

História de la Meva Mort

In his dying days, Casanova lives solemnly with his servant in rainy, moody 18th century Europe. Before he dies he meets a dark force in the form of Dracula, and together they discuss life’s greatest pleasures.
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The idea of legendary Renaissance man Giacomo Casanova meeting Count Dracula may sound like the basis for campy satire. But in the hands of experimental filmmaker Albert Serra, the result is a subtle, engaging parable about the shift from Casanova’s Age of Enlightenment to the darker, emotionally restless Romanticism of the 19th century, represented by the world’s most famous vampire. Story of My Death focuses on the great lover’s final days, spent with his manservant Pompeu (Lluís Serrat) and planning the final publication of his memoirs. Casanova is played with childlike amusement by Vicenç Altaió, as he eats, jokes, and giggles his way through philosophical monologues about desire, politics and society. On a trip to the mountains of Carpathia, Casanova meets yet more potential carnal conquests in the form of young peasant girls, but this time he has competition in the form of Dracula (Eliseu Huertas, in an understated performance). After these polar opposites meet, a tonal shift occurs and Casanova’s celebratory romp through life becomes enveloped by the grotesque, irrational world of death as blood drawn by Dracula begins to flow. Shooting mostly in natural light and using non-professional actors, Serra creates an incredibly detailed and naturalistic film that also resembles classic chiaroscuro paintings; an absorbing, deeply unconventional meditation on the cycles of life, love, decay, and death.

Director Biography

Catalan director Albert Serra studied philology and literary theory in Barcelona before embarking on his film career via his own production company, Andergraun Films. His unconventional films often deconstruct popular myths and great works of literature. Serra’s reimagining of the Don Quixote story, Honour of the Knights, was chosen by Cahiers du Cinéma magazine as one of the ten best films of 2006. His cinematic interpretation of the tale of the Magi, Birdsong (2008), earned a Gaudí award.

Sponsored by Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, Consulate General of Spain in San Francisco, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, The Tourist Office of Spain, Dragados USA

Director: Albert Serra
Principal Cast: Vicenç Altaió, Lluís Serrat, Noelia Rodenas, Clara Visa, Montse Triola
Country: Spain, France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 148 minutes
Producer: Montse Triola, Thierry Lounas, Albert Serra
Screenplay: Albert Serra
Cinematographers: Jimmy Gimferrer
Editors: Albert Serra
Music: Ferran Font, Marc Verdaguer, Joe Robinson, Enric Juncà
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Locarno International Film Festival 2013 (Golden Leopard)
Filmography: The Three Little Pigs (2012); Lord Worked Wonders in Me (2011); The Names of Christ (2010); Birdsong (2008); Honour of the Knights (2006)
Language: Catalan
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Capricci Films
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