Birdsong

El cant dels ocells

The Three Kings wander through the desert in search of baby Jesus, tangled in an existential whirlpool. They inhabit, as Albert Serra describes it, an absurd “land of nowhere,” a fleeting niche in historical time and space in which Christianity has not yet shaped its deeper meaning. The Wise Men are at the same time desperate seekers led astray and genuine icons of faith and devotion. Serra’s camera stands at a distance, paying its respects to the miracle of man.
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Direction: Albert Serra
Script: Albert Serra
Cinematography: Neus Ollé, Jimmy Gimferrer
Editing: Àngel Martín, Albert Serra
Actors: Lluís Carbó, Lluís Serrat Batlle, Lluís Serrat
Production: Andergraun Films, Eddie Saeta
Producers: Montse Triola, Luis Miñarro
Art Direction: Jimmy Gimferrer
Format: 35mm
Color: B&W
Production Country: Spain
Production Year: 2008
Duration: 98΄
Contact: Andergraun Films
Awards/Distinctions: Grand Prix – Entrevues FF 2008, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film in Catalan Language – Gaudí Awards 2009

Albert Serra

Catalan Albert Serra’s films usually depict European myths, as well as landmark historical and literary figures. His film Honour of the Knights was selected by Cahiers du Cinéma as one of the ten best films of 2007. In 2013, a retrospective on Serra's work was screened in Parisian art complex Centre Pompidou. Serra’s film Story of My Death was awarded the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in 2013.

Filmography

2003 Crespia, the Film Not the Village (short)
2006 Honor de cavalleria | Honour of the Knights
2008 El cant dels ocells | Birdsong
2011 El Senyor ha fet en mi meravelles | The Lord Worked Wonders in Me (doc)
2013 Cuba Libre (short)
2013 Història de la meva mort | Story of My Death
2016 La mort de Louis XIV | The Death of Louis XIV
2019 Liberté | Freedom