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Liberty
Original title:
Liberté
Slovenian title:
Svoboda
Section:
KINGS & QUEENS
Country, year:
Spain, France, Portugal, 2019
Length:
132
Directed by:
Albert Serra
Screenplay:
Albert Serra
Cinematography:
Artur Tort
Music:
Marc Verdaguer, Ferran Font
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
French,German,Italian
Voting code:
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Cast:
Helmut Berger (vojvoda Walchenski/Duke of Walchen), Marc Susini (grof/Count de Tesis), Laura Poulvet (ga. de Jensling), Theodora Marcade (ga. de Dumeval), Iliana Zabeth (ga. de Geldöbel), Baptiste Pinteaux (g. Wand), Alex Garcia Duttmann (Alexis Danshire), Lluis Serat (Armin), Xavier Perez (Benjamin Hephie)
Awards:
Cannes 2019 – Un certain regard (Special Jury Prize)

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Description:
A subversive look at the French eighteenth-century aristocracy and libertines who adhere to the single principle of pleasure.
1774, shortly before the French Revolution, somewhere between Potsdam and Berlin. Madame de Dumeval, the Duc de Tesis and the Duc de Wand, libertines expelled from the puritanical court of Louis XVI, seek the support of the legendary Duc de Walchen, German seducer and freethinker, lonely in a country where hypocrisy and false virtue reign. Their mission is to export libertinage, a philosophy of enlightenment founded on the rejection of moral boundaries and authorities, but moreover to find a safe place to pursue their errant games, where the quest for pleasure no longer obeys laws other than those dictated by unfulfilled desires.

"The film is about a "cruising" area where everything is levelled, rich and poor, handsome and ugly, men and women, master and servant... I did the same thing with the cast: I mixed famous actors, with technicians that became actors, with non-professional actors found on Facebook, with people from my small town, with theatre actors… No rules, only my love for chaos and my hate for actors' vanity." (Albert Serra)