OPENING of Film Mutations: Festival of Invisible Cinema XIII
ALBERT SERRA i ALEXANDER GARCÍA DÜTTMANN | Actors: Submission and Pleasure
Conversation before the film
German philosopher Alexander Garcia-Duttmann and Catalan artist Albert Serra will discuss the role of acting in theater and film through the notions of submission and pleasure as the introduction for the premiere of the latest Serrina's film Liberty. Liberty's postdramatic theatricalization was first staged in Berlin's Volksbühne and then in the film of the same name. The basic starting point of the talk is the philosophical essay by Alexander Garcia Düttmann about what remains of a culture that has reached its limits and the radical performativity of Albert Serra.
The theater depends on its audience, whose power determines everything. As a performance of life, as a unique, inimitable moment, the experience of theater cannot die. This, as Brecht said, is the only mean of stylizing and judging life. Today's theater confronts the public with its own boredom, its own meaninglessness, and denies any indulgence in dreaming. The ritual remains vital as long as nonsense is embraced in all its radicality and destructive power. "
The return of the actor as a performer, as a generator of unrepeatable and fatal gestures, as a creator of time-resistant human destiny, has been Serrina's obsession since he began making films. The actor is not a 'point' in the picture, or any other form, he is a feeling derived from dramaturgy: the dramaturgy of his presence.
- 7/64 Leda and the Swan (7/64 Leda und der Schwan), Kurt Kren; Austria, 1964., 3 min
- Liberty (Liberté), Albert Serra; France / Portugal / Spain / Germany, 2019., 132 min.