Albert Serra, today’s Salvador Dali
Don Quixote to the Three
Wise Men, from Hitler to bullfighting, the Spanish artist revisits
history with fervor, somewhere between utopia and irony.
Right to the Point #4 / Artists’ Soapbox Series: a meeting with Albert Serra
the fourth part of Right
to the Point,
Nicola Setari has invited a film director, Albert Serra. This gives
this Catalan, born in 1975, an opportunity to show us what influences
him when he makes his films, which have been shown at the Centre
Pompidou, the Kassel Documenta, and the Quinzaine des réalisateurs
at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2006 (Honor
winning several awards, in particular the Golden Leopard, at the last
Locarno Festival with Historia
de la meva mort.
The Golden Age
Albert Serra knows how to make a link between utopia and irony, he who so admires the spirit of exaggeration of Dali, of whom Freud would say, when the Spaniard had told him about his dreams: “What a fanatic!” And like Dali, Serra has had a passionate interest in bullfighting since his childhood: “It represents the quintessence of Spain, all its mystique, its aesthetic, and its character”. As a fervent admirer of Baudelaire and Proust in literature, and the San Francisco Sound of the 1960s, led by groups such as The Charlatans, The Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane, the Spaniard also subscribes to the cult of the Greek myth of The Golden Age, that eternal spring in which the existence of people was more occupied by things festive than by violence and jealousies. In his interpretation of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, his hidalgo, played by a retired tennis coach, also confides to Sancho Panza, among the many subjects which they philosophize over during their journey: “The Golden Age was the best of eras…”.
Go The Three Little Pigs and the Wolf
In The Three Little Pigs, a ‘film fleuve’ of 101 hours screened at the 2012 Documenta, Albert Serra stages Goethe, Hitler and Fassbinder, in order to draw a portrait of Germany today, through its modern age and these three antagonistic characters. The hardest thing, he recounts, was to present Hitler without toppling into clichés. Because, he explains: “He is one of those characters, like Dali and Warhol, who deliberately incorporated their own caricature in their personality. They did the work themselves, before us”.
Copyright :Albert Serra