International Film Festival Rotterdam revealed the first confirmed films of the 2020 edition, including the world premiere of Artem Aisagaliev’s Babai.
NAME OF FILM: LIBERTÉ (2019)
DIRECTOR(S): Albert Serra
STARRING: Helmut Berger, Francesc Daranas, Catalin Jugravu
GENRE: History Film
SYNOPSIS: For the bold of imagination, not the faint of heart, the latest work from Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra (The Death of Louis XIV) is easily his most provocative yet. In the 18th century, somewhere deep in a forest clearing, a group of bewigged libertines engage in a series of pansexual games of pain, torture, humiliation, and other dissolute, Sadean pleasures, attempting to reach some form of erotic nirvana, though rarely ever appearing to truly enjoy themselves. Serra’s truly radical film, set over the course of one night, is at once an aesthetic and sonic pleasure—every composition is a thing of eerily lit perfection, its soundtrack the chirps and rustles of the nighttime forest—and an unsparing depiction of the human drive for corporeal cruelty and sexual release. As its title suggests, Liberté is a film about the meaning of freedom, in both sex and in art.
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