A film by Albert Serra
2022, 162 minutes
No. 372

Named the Best Film of the Year by Cahiers du Cinema, and acclaimed by numerous publications, Pacifiction is the mesmerizing new feature from filmmaker Albert Serra starring legendary actor Benoit Magimel in an extraorindary performance.

On the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, the High Commissioner of the Republic and French government official De Roller (Magimel) 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.

Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection, New York Film Festival
Official Selection, Toronto International FIlm Festival

"One of the most beautiful and rigorously introspective movies of this or any year, a film that makes you deeply ponder the fate of humanity itself." - Christian Blauvelt, IndieWire

    "Strangely captivating... a truly original cinematic experience." - Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

      "One of [Serra's] most accomplished and mature films to date." - David Jenkins, Little White Lies

      "A film unlike any other this year... Serra’s vision ultimately is as beguiling as it is boundless, and strangely romantic." - Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage