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Pacifiction (2023)

Opens on April 14

Director: Albert Serra Run Time: 165 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Starring: Benoît Magimel, Marc Susini, Matahi Pambrun, Pahoa Mahagafanau, Sergi López

Country: France, Spain, Germany, Portugal
Language: French, English, Polynesian, Portuguese

About the film:

Official Selection, 2022 Cannes Film Festival

On the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, the High Commissioner of the Republic and French government official De Roller is a calculating man with flawless manners. His somewhat broad perception of his role brings him to navigate the high end “establishment” as well as shady venues where he mingles with the locals. Especially since a persistent rumor has been going around: the sighting of a submarine whose ghostly presence could herald the return of French nuclear testing.

“Art Film of the Year… one of the most beautiful and rigorously introspective movies of this or any year”

—Christian Blauvelt, IndieWire

About the filmmaker:

Albert Serra is a Catalan artist, independent filmmaker and manager of the production company Andergraun Films. Having studied philosophy and literature, he wrote plays and produced different video works before gaining international recognition with his feature-length film Honor of the Knights (2006), a free adaptation of “Don Quijote” played by non-professional actors from his village. The film was presented at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2006. His other acclaimed features include Birdsong (2008) and Story of My Death (2013), followed by The Death of Louis XIV (2016) and Pacifiction (2023), which both competed at the Cannes Film Festival.

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