VR BAR: THE PROGRAMMEFrom July 31st to August 13th, every evening from 6 to 9 PM at Grand Hotel Swisscom, at La Rotonda.
A VR films selection by Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans, in association with the Festival del film Locarno and Swisscom.
Download the programme here!
DMZ: MEMORIES OF A NO MAN’S LAND
Hayoun Kwon, InnerspaceVR, 5 min, France, 2015, o.v. English
DMZ: Memories of a No Man’s Land takes the viewer to a place where they are forbidden to go: The Korean Demilitarized Zone, a strip of land about 248 km long and 4 km wide that separates North and South Korea. In this revealing VR documentary you will discover the zone through the memory of a former soldier.
Ewa, OUT OF BODY (Pilot)
Johan Knattrup Jensen, MAKROPOL, 8 min, Denmark, 2016, o.v. English
If a memory feels as vivid as life, if you can feel every little detail, cracking in the wood, shadows in the room, movement of the hands, even the ferocious taste of the forbidden, as if you were there, as if you were 13 years old, as if it was right now - is it still a memory? Or pure imagination?
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(Picture: © Makropol)
Fan Club (teaser)
Vincent Ravalec, a_BAHN, Les Films du Garage, 5 min, France/Luxembourg, 2016, o.v. French, With: Clotilde Courau, Voice: Mathieu Kassovitz & Denis Lavant.
Fan Club is the trailer from the upcoming feature film written and directed by Vincent Ravalec, featuring Mathieu Kassovitz, Clotilde Courau, Denis Lavant and Maryline Canto, where a star is kidnapped by her fans during a weekend. Beyond the trailer, the director is experimenting with different narrative modes in virtual reality (use of comic books, insert of 2D shots, spatialised voice over, CGI and normal shots) to try their relevance in fiction.
ON SET – Ma Loute: A 360° Experience
Fouzi Louahem, Editions du Bout des Doigts, ARTE France, 10 min documentary + 4x5 episodes, France, 2016, o.v. French, st DE & EN (documentary), DE (episodes)
ON SET is a virtual reality documentary that explores the world of great filmmakers’ film sets. Ma Loute is the first feature-length film in France to offer this immersive 360° experience. The viewer can follow the exchanges between the director Bruno Dumont, his actors and his crew, and get a rare and unprecedented insight into what goes on between the camera and the actors. Throughout the documentary, Bruno Dumont shares with us his vision of the set and his thoughts on virtual reality, the horizons it opens up – particularly for filmmaking – and its limitations.
Chris Milk, Spike Jonze, VICE News, Here Be Dragons, 8 min, United States, 2015, o.v. English
Digital artist and video director Chris Milk, filmmaker and VICE creative director Spike Jonze produced the first-ever virtual reality news broadcast. In the video, VICE News correspondent Alice Speri follows marchers as they fill Washington Square Park with signs and banners, block traffic on Broadway, and lie down in the middle of the street in a “die-in” demonstration. Captured by a 360-degree camera system that was kept in constant motion, the film allows the audience to see, hear, and feel the news.
(Picture: © Joseph O. Holmes)
Nomads: (Herders, Maasai, Sea Gypsies)
Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël, Felix & Paul Studios, Herders: 7 min, Maasai: 12 min, Sea Gypsies: 9 min, Canada, 2015-2016
The Nomads Series transport you across the Earth into the intimate reality of several nomadic cultures. Experience the way of life of Yak Herders in the Mongolian steppes, Maasai in Kenya, and Sea Gypsies living off the coast of Borneo.
Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness
Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, James Spinenny, Ex Nihilo, Archer’s Mark, Audiogaming, Arte France, 20-25 min, France/Great-Britain, 2016, o.v. English
Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness is an interactive virtual reality project based on the audio diaries of writer and academic John Hull, who – after decades of steady deterioration – became totally blind in 1983. It offers a sensory and psychological journey into “a world beyond sight”.
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