THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV
Versailles, August 1715. Back from hunting, Louis XIV - magisterially interpreted by New Wave icon and honorary Palme d’Or recipient (Jean-Pierre Léaud) - feels pain in his leg. A serious fever erupts, which marks the beginning of the agony of the greatest King of France. Surrounded by a horde of doctors and his closest counselors who come in turns at his bedside sensing the impending power vacuum, the Sun King struggles to run the country from his bed.
Based on extensive medical records and the memoirs of the Duke of Saint-Simon and other courtiers, The Death of Louis XIV is a wry neoclassical chamber drama, a work of pure magic by Albert Serra, one of today’s most singular directors.
"A mesmerizing elegy."
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"The most beautiful film at Cannes 2016."
– Jonathan Romney, Sight and Sound
"An instant classic."
– Filmmaker Magazine
"Serra has crafted a ravishing, darkly witty evocation of 18th-century aristocracy and a neoclassical period piece as reminiscent of the historical films of Visconti and Rossellini as the modernist literary adaptations of Rohmer and Oliveira."
– Jordan Cronk, Film Comment
Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection
Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection
New York Film Festival, Official Selection
BFI London Film Festival, Official Selection
Feb 12 & 17: Portland International Film Festival - Portland, OR
Mar 5: Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago, IL
Mar 31: Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York
Apr 8 & 9: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Houston, TX
Apr 28-30: Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City, OK
Apr 29-30: Cleveland Cinematheque - Cleveland, OH
May 12-14: Walker Art Center - Minneapolis, MN