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Captivating and intriguing “slow cinema” set in a French Polynesian island confronted with potential nuclear tests, from the uncompromising and controversial Spanish auteur Albert Serra.

Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra is a central figure within the recent wave of “slow cinema”, and has often been called an “enfant terrible”. Even more so after his previous feature film Liberté, which was a dark study of a group of libertines’ sexual escapades during the early days of the French Revolution.

Serra has been a regular at the Cannes festival, but with this year's Pacifiction he participated for the first time in its main competition. This is also the director’s first film set in the present – more specifically, depicting the political and social life on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti. The film explores how this community is affected by the rumors of nuclear tests about to take place in their immediate surroundings, with a magnetic Benoît Magimel as the French authorities’ local representative trying to maneuver between the island's various social venues and centers of power.

Pacifiction is a captivating, enigmatic and deeply fascinating film by one of Europe's most original and uncompromising auteurs.

This film was chosen by film critic Aleksander Huser.


Catalan filmmaker and artist Albert Serra (b. 1975) holds a degree from the University of Barcelona. He writes, directs, and produces his films, which are often based on European myths, art and literature. Among other awards, Serra has won the main prize at the Locarno Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section.


2019 Liberté
2018 Roi Soleil
2016 The Death of Louis XIV
2013 Story of My Death
2006 Honour of the Knights

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