Officiële Selectie – In Competitie162' - 2022 - Drama, Thriller - Dialogue: French, English
Director: Albert Serra Composer: Marc Verdaguer, Joe Robinson With: Benoît Magimel, Pahao Mahagafanau, Montse Triola, Sergi López
Albert Serra may be a provocateur, but in Pacifiction he enchants us all with a majestically mysterious film about a slick politician on a French Polynesian island.
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.
"Albert Serra returns with an apocalyptic saga set in Tahiti in one of his most accomplished and mature films to date. (...) Pacifiction is a 100 percent pure uncut Serra. It is challenging and dreamlike in its presentation, a grand tragedy charting the downfall of a man and, quite possibly, mankind in toto. (...) French actor Benoît Magimel dons a loose-fitting cream suit, Hawaiian shirt open to the chest and a pair of blue-tinted dark glasses as French High Commissioner to the Republic of Tahiti De Roller. (...) Lush widescreen panoramas of shorelines, jungles and domestic encampments are filmed so the sun glimmers from them, making them appear as an ethereal paradise on Earth." - Little White Lies
18.10 Director's Talk: Albert Serra
After the screening on 18.10 Albert Serra will be present for a Director's Talk. Moderated by film critic Nick Pinkerton, together with film magazine Fantômas.
Marc Verdaguer, Joe Robinson
Benoît Magimel, Pahao Mahagafanau, Montse Triola, Sergi López
Director of Photography
Ariadna Ribas, Artur Tort, Albert Serra
Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Albert Serra, Montse Triola, Dirk Decker, Andrea Schütte, Marta Alves, Joaquim Sapinho, Laurent Jacquemin
Idéale Audience, Andergraun Films, Tamtam Film, Rosa Filmes
Imagine Film Distribution
Countries of production
Germany, Spain, France, Portugal
Honor of the Knights (2006), Birdsong (2008), Story of My Death (2013), The Death of Louis XIV (2016), Liberté (2019), Pacifiction (2022)