Albert Serra (°1975) is a Spanish film director and producer. His work has emerged as a highly original voice in contemporary cinema. Similar to several unconventional filmmakers before him, he also engages in projects for contemporary art venues. He was selected to be the icon of new avant-garde cinema at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and was awarded a Golden Leopard for best film at the Locarno Film Festival last year. With a radical yet wonderfully accessible form of pure cinema, Serra’s films rediscover the space and time of motion pictures, marvelously reanimating mythical heroes with the clumsy weight of existence and transforming landscapes into meditative dramas of light and shadow.
For CONTOUR 7, Serra presents a new two-channel installation based on The Lord Worked Wonders in Me (2011), a slow-paced film focusing on conversations and encounters. It features the crew of his earlier film about Don Quixote entitled Honour of Knights (2006) as they travel through La Mancha in central Spain. The amateur actors are shown eating and talking together, or simply killing time while waiting for the beginning of a new film production. The actors talk about politics, drugs and love, but also engage with the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. It does not even matter that the film they are preparing for will never actually be realized. The really significant events happen during the unimportant, dull and seemingly lost moments of a waiting crew, pretending to live the utopia of art, this is, to live inside a film.