The Death of Louis XIV

The Death of Louis XIV (French: La Mort de Louis XIV) is a 2016 historical drama film written and directed by Albert Serra and starring Jean-Pierre Léaud as King Louis XIV. The film was screened out of competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[2][3] It made its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and its U.S. premiere at the 54th New York Film Festival.[4][5]

The Death of Louis XIV
An royal elderly man dressed in faint blue pyjamas with a large grey wig lies on his carmine-colored bed, looking to his right.
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La Mort de Louis XIV
Directed byAlbert Serra
Produced byThierry Lounas
Written byAlbert Serra
Thierry Lounas
StarringJean-Pierre Léaud
Music byMarc Verdaguer
CinematographyJonathan Ricquebourg
Edited byAriadna Ribas
Artur Tort
Albert Serra
Capricci Films
Rosa Filmes
Bobi Lux
Andergraun Films
Distributed byCapricci Films (France)
Release date
  • 19 May 2016 (2016-05-19) (Cannes)
  • 2 November 2016 (2016-11-02) (France)
Running time
115 minutes
Box office$175.000[1]


Critical responseEdit

New York Times critic Manohla Dargis described the film as a "mesmerizing elegy."[6] In Screen, Allan Hunter called Léaud's performance "easily the actor’s best role and most noteworthy performance in some time."[7] Jonathan Romney, film critic for Sight & Sound, described The Death of Louis XIV as "strange, haunting and perhaps the most beautiful film seen in Cannes in [2016]".[8]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
Jerusalem Film Festival Haggiag Award for Best International Feature Won
Wilf Family Foundation Award for Best International Film Won
Lumières Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Director Albert Serra Nominated
Best Actor Jean-Pierre Léaud Won
Best Cinematography Jonathan Ricquebourg Won
Prix Louis Delluc Best Film Nominated
Prix Jean Vigo Won


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  2. ^ "'The Death of Louis XIV' ('La Mort de Louis XIV'): Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 19 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Film Review: 'The Death of Louis XIV'". Variety. 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "The Death of Louis XIV". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  5. ^ "The Death of Louis XIV | NYFF54". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. ^ Dargis, Manohla (20 May 2016). "Cannes Keeps Its Traditions, Including Its Boos". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  7. ^ "'The Death Of Louis XIV': Review". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  8. ^ "The Death of Louis XIV – first look". BFI. 23 May 2016.

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