Thursday, Feb 23: 7:00 pm
Named the best film of the year (2022) by Cahiers du Cinéma, Albert Serra's mesmerizing and hypnotic PACIFICTION is a deceptively quiet observation of colonialism, and an audacious commentary on gentrification.
On the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, the calculating French bureaucrat De Roller (Benoît Magimel) blithely rubs elbows with the elite of the island, while also frequenting local haunts where he cozies up with the Indigenous population. Tensions rise when a persistent rumor swirls around the island regarding the sighting of a submarine whose ghostly presence could herald the return of French nuclear testing. In French with English subtitles.
“Albert Serra returns with an apocalyptic saga set in Tahiti in one of his most accomplished and mature films to date.” David Jenkins, Little White Lies
“Pacifiction is not a vicarious experience of luxury; it is an experience of life. Set to its own tidal rhythm, it is one of the most beautiful and rigorously introspective movies of this or any year.” Christian Blauvelt, indieWire
“It suggests John le Carré by way of David Lynch — a feverish and haunting but also wry and meditative rumination on power, secrecy and the color of clouds over water at sunset.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times