Film - CineMasters Competition Filmfest 2022


Directed by Albert Serra


Director: Albert Serra
Section: CineMasters Competition
Country: Germany, France, Portugal, Spain
Year: 2022
Language: French
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Benoît Magimel, Pahoa Mahagafanau, Sergi López, Matahi Pambrun, Marc Susini
18+ (no age rating)


There’s political trouble in paradise in this film by anarchic master director Albert Serra.

De Roller, the High Commissioner of the French Republic on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia, is a calculating man with perfect manners. In both official receptions and shady locales, he constantly monitors the mood of the local population, which can turn hostile at any moment. This is all the more apparent when a persistent rumor circulates: supposedly, a submarine has been sighted, a specter that could herald the resumption of French nuclear testing.

Meet the director


Albert Serra

Albert Serra was born in the Catalonian city of Banyoles in northeastern Spain in 1975. He studied literary theory and comparative literature at the University of Barcelona, where he earned his PhD in 2006. His first feature film, HONOR DE CAVALLERIA, a reinterpretation of “Don Quixote”, premiered in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. In his later works, Serra remained faithful to historical figures. In his drama STORY OF MY DEATH, which received a Golden Leopard and was also shown at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 2015, Casanova meets Dracula. THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV (2017) confronts us with the unadorned final days in the life of the Sun King. Serra is also known for his experimental installations and performances on stage.


Screenplay: Albert Serra
Director of Photography: Artur Tort
Film Editor: Ariadna Ribas, Albert Serra, Artur Tort
Composer: Marc Verdaguer, Joe Robinson
Production Designer: Sebastian Vogler
Costume Design: Praxedes de Vilallonga
Sound: Jordi Ribas
Sound design: Jordi Ribas, Gadiel Bendelag, Bruno Tarrière
Producer: Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Montse Triola, Albert Serra
Production Company: Idéale Audience Group, Andergraun Films SL
Co-Producer: Dirk Decker, Andrea Schütte, Joaquim Sapinho
Co-Production Company: Tamtam Film GmbH, Rosa Filmes LDA
World Sales: Films Boutique