1774, shortly before the French Revolution, somewhere between Potsdam and Berlin. Madame de Dumeval, the Duc de Tesis and the Duc de Wand, libertines expelled from the puritanical court of Louis XVI, seek the support of the legendary Duc de Walchen, German seducer and freethinker, lonely in a country where hypocrisy and false virtue reign. Their mission is to export libertinage, a philosophy of enlightenment founded on the rejection of moral boundaries and authorities, but moreover to find a safe place to pursue their errant games, where the quest for pleasure no longer obeys laws other than those dictated by unfulfilled desires.
“The idea, to begin with, was to create something dark, to start from the play about desire that I’d put on in the spring of 2018 at Berlin’s Volksbühne theater. Theater is what it is, which at times can seem rather stilted. With a film, I knew I could go further, delve deeper into the questioning about desire, the malaise linked to desire. And then I had the idea of a kind of cruising (looking for a sexual partner), a historical cruising… about people who were driven out of the French court in 1774 upon the death of Louis XV, who was a great debauchee. Louis XVI has them exiled to bring back some order into court life.
Francia-Spagna-Portogallo/France-Spain-Portugal, 2019, 132’, col.
regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/director, story screenplay
Ariadna Ribas, Albert Serra, Artur Tort
Marc Verdaguer, Ferran Font
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Helmut Berger (Duc de Walchen), Marc Susini (Comte de Tésis), Iliana Zabeth (Mademoiselle de Jensling), Laura Poulvet (Mademoiselle de Geldöbel), Baptiste Pinteaux (Duc de Wand), Théodora Marcadé (Madame de Dumeval)
Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Joaquim Sapinho, Albert Serra & Montse Triola