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2022 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 10 – Albert Serra’s Pacifiction

Another filmmaker who was invited to his first Palme d’Or race, Albert Serra has been to the Croisette first in the Directors’ Fortnight with Honor de cavalleria (2006) and El cant dels ocells (2008), and then showcased The Death of Louis XIV (out of Comp) and Liberte (Un Certain Regard). Pacifiction was a surprise last minute addition to the comp – it stars Benoît Magimel in contemporary French Polynesia.

Mubi Cannes 2022

How does one solve writer’s block. Head back home. Far, far away. What awaits is uncertainty and a multitude of players with other agendas.

Mubi Cannes 2022

A good chunk of our jury found a way to program the film in their schedule — but we have at least three jury members who’ll be catching the film on reprise day. So far we are looking at an average of 2.8.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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