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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #95. Albert Serra’s The Last Days of Louis XIV

The Last Days of Louis XIV

Director: Albert Serra
Writers: Thierry Lounas, Albert Serra

Since his 2006 breakout film Honour of the Nights Catalin filmmaker Albert Serra has built a considerable body of experimental works reformulating various texts for his minimalist productions. In 2013 he won Locarno’s Golden Leopard for The Story of My Death, an inventive and strange showdown between Casanova and Dracula. He returns with the Franco-Spanish production of The Last Days of Louis XIV starring French New Weave icon Jean-Pierre Leaud in the last days of the French ruler, bedridden after suffering a fatal leg injury. 2014 Cesar nominess Patrick d’Assumcao (Stranger By the Lake) and fashionista Irene Silvagni are part of the supporting cast.

Cast: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Patrick d’Assumcao, Irene Silvagni

Production Co./Producers: Capricci Films’ Thierry Lounas, Andergraun Films

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic) TBD (international).

Release Date: The title will be ready for release in Spring, 2016, so Cannes should be a good bet, particularly the Un Certain Regard section.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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