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Date & Time
Friday, February 17 at 7:00 pm
Free and open to the public. More Info
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

Film Screening:


(Albert Serra, 2022, 162 min, France/Spain/Germany/Portugal, French with English subtitles, DCP)

Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra reconfirms his centrality in the contemporary cinematic landscape with this mesmerizing portrait of a French bureaucrat drifting through a fateful trip to a French Polynesian island with increasing anxiety. Pacifiction charts the various uneasy relationships that develop between Magimel’s autocratic yet avuncular High Commissioner, De Roller, and the Indigenous locals who operate essentially under his faux-benevolent thumb, many of whom we meet at a resort that caters to the prurient exoticism of foreign tourists. Serra’s gripping, atmospheric thriller is a slow-building fever dream that lulls before catching us by surprise with the depths of its darkness, a film that allows its incisive social commentary about the remnants of colonialism to surface through quiet observation and aesthetic audacity. Cahiers du cinéma’s choice for best film of 2022!


Pacifiction has the rhythm and flavor of a tropical reverie, and the source of his arresting power derives from its ability to weave thriller stylings with disquieting detours into the uncanny, footage that seems plucked out of a dream.” – MUBI

“The atmosphere is chokingly sensual, the geopolitical implications are operatic, and the filmmaking is at once puckish and grand … A gorgeous and grave anti-epic.” – The Playlist


Screen/Society screenings are free and open to the public. (COVID-19 Info)

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