The Death of Louis XIV 18 (CTBA) (S)

Death of Louis XIV
0117 927 5100

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Fri 14 July 14:30, 17:20
Sat 15 July 14:30, 17:20
Sun 16 July 14:30, 17:20
Mon 17 July 14:30, 17:20
Tue 18 July Times TBC
Wed 19 July 14:30, 17:20
Thu 20 July 14:30, 17:20

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Ticket prices: Screenings before 16:00: £6.50 full / £4.50 concessions. Screenings after 16:00: £9.00 full / £6.50 concessions. Aged 24 or under? You can see any screening at any time for £4.50.

Catalan director Albert Serra's (Birdsong, Story of My Death) latest cinematic elegy is an elegant, mesmerising evocation of the last days of the Sun King, King Louis XIV, and his 72-year reign as the King of France.

French New Wave legend Jean-Pierre Léaud plays King Louis, and we are guests in his bedchamber as he lies dying, surrounded by devoted servants, pets and a retinue of hopeless doctors. All of their energy and conern is devoted to his wellbeing and hoped-for recovery.

Hailed as one of the most beautiful films from Cannes (the scenes are ravishingly lit by candlelight and the sets and costumes are all gorgeous) and stuffed with painstaking details gleaned from historical texts, Louis XIV is as darkly funny as it is moving, revealing the absurdity of the rule-bound royal court, but even more so of death itself.