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Pacifiction
Cannes
Main Competition
2022
On an island in French Polynesia, the High Commissioner a man with a turbulent naturalness and high diplomacy, lives between the highest echelons of politics and the lowest social stratum of his co-citizens. Rumour has been going around: the sighting of a submarine whose ghostly presence could herald the return of French nuclear testing.
From his vision of the dying Sun King in The Death of Louis XIV (Cannes Special Screening, 2016) to his new exotic plot set under nuclear threat, Albert Serra, director of the avant-garde Liberté (Cannes Special Jury Prize Un Certain Regard, 2019), challenges all the conventions of conformity. In Pacifiction presented in Cannes Competition, a delicious tropical tale warmed by the Tahitian sun, Benoît Magimel dons the costume of a High Commissioner alongside Sergi López, as a seedy nightclub owner.
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Albert Serra


Born in Banyoles in 1975, Albert Serra is a Catalan artist and director. Having studied philosophy and literature, he wrote plays and produced different video works. He gained an international recognition with his first long feature, Honor of the Knights, a free adaptation of Don Quijote played by non- professional actors from his village. The film was presented at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2006. In 2013 he received the Golden Leopard in Locarno for his new film Story of my Death, inspired by Casanova’s memoirs. The Death of Louis XIV starring Jean-Pierre Léaud as the Sun King, was presented in the Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival 2016. Liberté, starring Helmut Berger, Marc Susini, Baptiste Pinteaux, is the cinematic recreation of his 2018 Berlin Volksbühne play of the same name, which won the Special Jury award at the 2019 Un Certain Regard selection in Cannes. 2022 he returns to Cannes in the Official Selection in Competition with Pacifiction.

Directed by
Albert Serra
Written by
Albert Serra
Edited by
Artur Tort, Ariadna Ribas, Albert Serra
Cinematography
Artur Tort
Starring
Benoît Magimel, Sergi López, Montse Triola, Lluís Serrat, Marc Susini
Original title
Tourment sur les îles
English title
Pacifiction
Year
2022
Country
France, Spain, Germany, Portugal
Language
FR, EN
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
165 min
Genre
Drama, Thriller
Age rating
15+
Release date
09. 3. 2023
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Media reception

Little White Lies
"Albert Serra returns with an apocalyptic saga set in Tahiti in one of his most accomplished and mature films to date."
Více
The Guardian
"I can only say I was captivated by the film and its stealthy evocation of pure evil."
Více
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