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Pacific Club


dir. Valentin Noujaïm

short film, documentary, hybrid
France, Qatar / 16 minutes / 2023

Pacific Club dir. Valentin Noujaïm film poster

Written and directed by Valentin Noujaïm

Production : Iliade et films - Manon Messiant

Cinematography : Pauline Domejean

Sound : Lucas Domejean

Editing : Dinah Ekchajzer

Music : Space Afrika

VFX : Nicolas Pirus

Sound editing : Ary Carpman

Mixing engineer : Maxime Roy

Featuring Azedine Benabdelmouene / Taos Bertrand / Julien Mezence

Press kit

Selected press

Artforum: Valentin Noujaïm's requiem for a razed nightclub

Filmmaker's bio

Valentin Noujaïm (born in 1991, Franco-Lebanese) graduated from the Screenwriting Department of La Fémis in Paris and was a guest student at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany. Noujaïm's work focuses on three axes: improvised lives, compressed lives, and extinguished lives. He creates marginal and strange characters in fantasized universes while relying on format research, blending 16mm film, archives, digital, and special effects.

His films have been selected for festivals such as CPH:DOX, Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), DocLisboa, BAFICI, DokuFest, BlackStar Film Festival, and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. Additionally, his work has been featured in several group exhibitions: Triennale de Nîmes (2024), Museo Madre (2024), Magasins Généraux (2023), CNAC Magasin (2022), Salon de Montrouge (2022), Galerie Air de Paris (2022), Galerie Exo Exo (2022), Saatchi Gallery (2021), among others. His works are found in the collections of CNAP, FRAC Bretagne, and Lafayette Anticipations. Valentin Noujaïm will have his first institutional solo show in 2025 and is currently working on his first feature.

Synopsis

In 1979, the Pacific Club was opened in the basement of La Défense - the business district of Paris. It was the first nightclub for Arabs from the suburbs; a parallel world of dance, sweat, young loves, and one-night utopias. Azedine, 17 years old at the time, tells us the forgotten story of this club and of this generation who dreamed of integrating into France but who soon came face to face with racism, the AIDS epidemic, and heroin.

Awards

Best Short Dox - Dokufest

Prix George for Best Documentary Form - Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

Jury Special Mention - CPH:DOX

Jury Special Mention - Lichter FF

Jury Special Mention - Videoex

Nominated for the César Awards (FR) 2024

Festivals & screenings

World premiere : CPH:DOX - New:Visions Competition, DK

Champs-Élysées Film Festival - French Competition, FR

Lichter Film Festival, DE

Kurzfilmfest Hamburg - International Competition, DE

Videoex - International Competition, CH

Black Star Film Festival - Competition, US

Dokufest - Competition, Kosovo

Silhouette Festival - Competition, FR

Metrograph - Shasha Movies presents: Valentin Noujaïm, US

Film Festival Heceg Novi, Montenegro - Competition, ME

Festival International de Lille, FR

Villa Medici Film Festival - Competition, IT

Bucharest Int. Experimental Film Festival - Competition, RO

Encounters Film Festival - Competition, UK

BFI London Film Festival - Experimenta, UK

CineAstra - 'second sights and infrared sprites', UK

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur - Competition, CH

Kasseler Dokfest - Competition, DE

PAF - Festival of Film Animation and Contemporary Art, CZ

Batalha Cinema - 'After Hours: Clubbing & Cinema', PT

MENA Festival, CA

Hyphae, US

Trauma Bar/ Synergie - 'Echoes of Synchronicity', DE

SeeYou Sound Int. Music Film Festival, IT

Sinema Transtopia - 'Sonic Agency', DE

Centre Pompidou - in conversation with Alice Diop, FR

Glasgow Short Film Festival, UK

REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival, CA

Exhibitions

Lafayette Anticipations, FR

« Night Shift » curated by Crystallmess at

KANAL-Centre Pompidou, BE

VoD

The Criterion Channel - 'Radical Dreams, Underground Sounds: 13 films presented by DWELLER'

available in US & Canada from Feb. 2024

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