Cinema Guild has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Albert Serra’s “The Death of Louis XIV,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month. The deal represents a union between two art-house favorites, as the distributor is known (and beloved) among cinephiles for releasing such recent films as Pedro Costa’s “Horse Money,” Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja” and Tsai Ming-liang’s “Stray Dogs,” among many others.
Serra’s films concern literary and/or historical figures, often in an abstract manner: Casanova and Dracula in the Golden Leopard–winning “Story of My Death,” the Three Kings in “Birdsong,” Don Quixote in “Honor of the Knights.” His latest stars French New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud (“The 400 Blows”) as the eponymous monarch, here seen at Versailles on the eve of his passing — an account based on extensive medical records and memoirs. Léaud received an Honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes this year.
Cinema Guild will next release Mehrdad Oskouei’s “Starless Dreams.” “The Death of Louis XIV” is scheduled to open early next year.