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This film is NOT Fellini’s Casanova. This is NOT Christopher Lee’s Dracula.
Catalonian filmmaker/artist Albert Serra’s Story of My Death imagines the philosophical and carnal world of the 18th century through a coupling of the historical Casanova and the fictional Dracula. Serra “enters the eighteenth century with a drama—carnal, whimsical, tremulous, intimate, philosophical—that’s set partly in Switzerland and partly in Transylvania. The setup could be described as ‘Casanova meets Dracula’—or, skeptical, empirical modernity, the cult of calculated, maximized pleasure meets the cult of pain and mystique, of the irrepressible and inextirpable atavistic and pre-rational forces (Richard Brody, The New Yorker)." In 2009, Serra was selected to be the icon of new avant-garde cinema by the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs del Festival de Cannes. In the year 2012 he was one of the artists chosen to participate in dOCUMENTA in Kassel, where he presented his movie Els tres porquets. Recently he won the award for best movie at the Locarno Festival with his production Story of My Death/Història de la meva mort (2013). Most recently he has presented work at the Tate Modern, Pompidou, in Paris, and Bozar, in Brussels.