The Death of Louis XIV

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 AT 7:30PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES

Versailles, August 1715. Back from a hunting trip, Louis XIV – magisterially interpreted by French New Wave icon and honorary Palme d’Or recipient, Jean-Pierre Léaud (The 400 Blows, Stolen Kisses) – feels pain in his leg.

“A mesmerizing elegy.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times

A serious fever erupts, which marks the beginning of the agony of the greatest King of France. Surrounded by a horde of doctors and his closest counselors who come in turns at his bedside sensing the impending power vacuum, the Sun King struggles to run the country from his bed.  Based on extensive medical records and the memoirs of the Duke of Saint-Simon and other courtiers, The Death of Louis XIV is a wry neoclassical chamber drama, a work of pure cinematic magic by Albert Serra (Story of My Death), one of today’s most singular directors.  (Dir. by Albert Serra, 2016, Portugal/France/Spain, in Latin/French with English subtitles, 115 mins., Not Rated)