An exclusive programme of virtual reality works curated by the Geneva International Film Festival // GIFF.
For the third year, the GIFF presents, as part of its PLUGS program, a Virtual Reality space inside laRotonda, the Village of the Locarno Festival. Every evening between July 27th and August 12th from 6 to 10 PM, a selection of virtual reality films from all over the world will be presented. The public will be able to experiment being a guinea pig for a clinical trial led by an artificial intelligence, dive into a wacky 360° music video or get immersed into Gomorrah, the hit TV series, and literally follow the protagonists as they wander through the streets of Naples.
Jérôme Blanquet / 2017 / France
Alexandro is the guinea pig for an experiment led by artificial intelligence which insinuates itself even deeper into his subconscious. Inspired by Philip K. Dick, Alteration is one of the most well-crafted VR narratives of the moment won the Reflet d’Or for the Best VR Film at the 2017 GIFF.
DREAMS OF ’O’
Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël / 2016 / Canada
Mermaids, a water ballet, a free dive into a marine world worthy of Jules Verne’s fairyland: when the Cirque du Soleil crosses paths with Félix & Paul, the result can only be sublime.
GOMORRAH VR – We own the streets
Enrico Rosati / 2017 / Italy
Romain Chassaing / 2016 / France
Romain Chassaing and the Naive New Beaters – with the complicity of Izia – once again push the limits of music videos with this deliciously irreverent 360-degree clip. Be prepared to experience the splendor and disintegration of a rock band in less than five minutes.
NOTES TO MY FATHER
Jayisha Patel / 2017 / India, USA, UK
Set in the lush rural landscapes of Southern India, Notes To My Father is a story of love, grief and reconciliation, between father and daughter. Flooded by past memories of an adolescence spent in an Indian brothel, Ramadevi pens a letter to her father, who unintentionally played a role in his daughter’s trauma.
Mathieu Pradat / 2017 / France
A man whose soul would leave his body and disappear into the darkness; a terrible threat lurking; a sole beacon of light in the dark night that now surrounds us; we must follow it. A Baudelaire-like VR work, in the form of a space-time loop.
THE PROTECTORS – Walk in the ranger’s shoes
Imraan Ismail, Kathryn Bigelow / USA / 2017
For National Geographic, moviemaker Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days, The Hurt Locker, Detroit) takes us alongside rangers in the Garamba Park in the DRC who protect elephants against heavily-armed poachers. A quintessential VR documentary.