El Cant dels Ocells Director: Albert Serra

BIRDSONG tells the mythical story of the Three Wise Kings traveling in search of the Messiah who has just been born.

"I wanted to continue along the same path as "Honor de Cavalleria" but in a more abstract sense. I felt that the next film should be different. We decided to shoot far away. I went on a reconnaissance trip to Iceland, the Canary Islands and France the week before the shoot. I was looking for austere, serene locations where I could record sound directly without any noise. I don't like the modern world.

"Honor de Cavalleria" had a strong dramatic dimension to it, with two very different characters, even if their relationship remained straightforward. It was in reaction to that, that I chose to make a film based on the Three Wise Men - there were three, four or twelve depending on the source. Nobody knows if they were kings, or magicians, we know nothing about them at all in fact. It was ideal: landscapes and characters I knew nothing about."

Albert Serra, director

Festivals and awards: Toronto, London, San Sebastian, Vancouver, Melbourne, Vienna
Links: Trailer

Programme: Forum

Country: Spain
Year: 2008
Length: 98
Language: Catalan, Hebrew
Producer: Lluis Minarro
Screenplay: Albert Serra
Director: Albert Serra
Cinematography: Neus Ollé, Jimmy Gimferrer
Music: Paul Casals
Editor: Angel Martin, Albert Serra

Cast: Lluis Carbó, Lluis Serrat Batlle, Lluis Serrat Masanellas, Montse Triola

Producer: Andergraun Films/Eddie Saeta

Albert Serra

Albert Serra (b. 1975, Banyoles, Spain) graduated in Hispanic literature and comparative literature from the Universitat de Barcelona. He founded the production company Andegraun Films in 2001, and in 2002 wrote and directed his first feature "Crespia, the Film not the Village". His second feature "Honor de cavalleria" (2006) was presented at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes. BIRDSONG is his second full-length feature.

Honor de cavalleria (Honour of the Knights, 2006), El Cant dels Ocells (Birdsong, 2008)

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