Hold on to your hats, QFS members! We have a new film for our Virtual Cinema program that we will be discussing with Professor Teresa Vilaros at our May 27th meeting: LIBERTÉ. Put the kids to bed and grandma in the attic! This one is a true shocker for unflappable adults by one of the most controversial filmmakers in Europe, Albert Serra.
Note: Although LIBERTÉ is a critically acclaimed art film film that has played at the New York Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival (where it won the "Special Jury Award"), it features disturbing sexuality and is suitable only for adults prepared for this content. Please read up on the film before ordering. Our presentation is co-sponsored by Texas A&M University's Hispanic Studies Department and the Film Studies Program.
Just before the French Revolution, in a forest outside Berlin, a band of libertines expelled from the court of Louis XVI rendezvous with the legendary German seducer and freethinker, the Duc de Walchen (Helmut Berger), to convince him to join in their mission: the rejection of authority and all moral boundaries. What begins as an evening of strategizing on the proliferation of libertinage, descends into a Sadean night of pansexual one-upmanship. Liberté is a singular cinematic experience only Albert Serra could deliver, a film in which increasingly dramatic acts of pain and pleasure unfold in counterpoint to cinematographer Artur Tort’s luminous images of moonlit sylvan spaces. As Serra and his committed team of regular performers and newcomers "open the gates of Hell" and explore the limits of the erotic imagination, you won’t be able to look away.