Projects

Projects

Cannes XR

The Passengers

Produced by: Couzin Films, Canada & Les Produits Frais, France

Directed by: Ziad Touma

Original title: Les Passagers

Lead artist: Ziad Touma

Runtime: 4 x 10min

Language: French, English

Completed in: 2021

Synopsis:

The Passengers is the story of four strangers traveling together in a train. Discover the inner world of each of them: a woman questions her motherhood, a man must overcome his shyness, a lady is struggling with her memories and a kid feels guilty about his parents’ separation. Enter the thoughts of one character at a time, to hear their inner voice, see their memories and live their emotions. You can change the course of the story with your gaze, voice and gestures. Welcome aboard!

Director’s statement:

The Passengers combines different technologies to create an innovative interactive experience. The use of mocap to record the actors’ performances preserves the most humanity in their features, while being responsive to the user’s gaze and gestures in real time. The art direction of each of the four point of views features a distinct animation style to represent each character’s unique outlook. The Passengers’ flashbacks were shot in live action 360 stereoscopic images.

Origin: Québec, Canada, France

Devices: HTC Vive series/Oculus Rift series/Quest w/link

Platform: Alexandria

Cannes Docs

Project curated by: PÖFF (Tallinn Black Nights)

Our Memory

Original title: Nuestra Memoria

Directed by: Matías Rojas Valencia

Produced by: Tomás Gerlach (A Simple Vista, Chile), Clara Larraín (Clara Films, Chile), Francoise Nieto (Centauro, Colombia)

Country of production: Chile

Runtime: 100'

Expected release: August, 2022

Production stage: Post Production

Budget: €245,587 (73% in place)

1st feature: No

Looking for: Investors, Festivals, Programmers, Sales Agents, Distributors, Buyers.

Synopsis:

The documentary story of an elderly couple -who survived decades of slavery inside a powerful enclave in the south of Chile and now lives in isolation in Patagonia- intertwines with the fictional journey of a former agent of the dictatorship in search of redemption. Two stories that come together to delve into the intimate and hidden scars of a country.

Director’s profile:

Matías Rojas Valencia is a director, screenwriter and editor who’s first feature Raíz premiered at San Sebastián, won the best Chilean film award at FICV and was selected at diverse festivals in the international circuit such us: La Habana, FICCI, BAFICI, Palm Springs and Málaga.
His short film I Need to Know was produced under the Cannes Factory and premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight of Cannes in 2015. His second feature A Place Called Dignity premiered at the Official Competition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in 2021. The project was previously selected at Berlinale Coproduction Market, Venice Production Bridge and at L’Atelier of the Cinefondation. Today Rojas is in post-production of his new film Our Memory, a hybrid project between documentary and fiction, with Paulina García (Berlin Silver Beard) in a lead role.

Producers’s profile:

Clara Larraín is a chilean actress/producer recognized with the Promising Producer Award 2022 by Marché du Film, selected at BA Talents, Rotterdam Lab and EAVE Chile, she specializes in international co-production of stories that defy cinematic genres and stereotypes. Her films have been awarded and selected at Baltic Event, SANFIC, Sapcine, FICG, Bolivia Lab and Seattle Latino, among others. Her last production White is for Virgins is available on HBO Max.

Tomás Gerlach is a chilean coproducer of the documentaries The Waltz a multi awarded film nominated to the Platino awards; and Flying Machine special jury award at FIDOCS. He also produced The Rings Of The Serpent (CineLatino Toulouse). Is currently in post production of Our Memory and developing two best seller adaptations How Long Do You Think I’m Going To Love You and Patas de Perro starring Alfredo Castro.

Cannes XR

Montegelato

Genre: Documentary

Produced by: Davide Rapp, Orama

Directed by: Davide Rapp

Original title: Montegelato

Lead artist: Davide Rapp

Runtime: 28 minutes or 15 minutes

Language: No dialogue

Completed in: 2021

Synopsis:

MONTEGELATO is a montage film in VR, the first of its kind. Hundreds of cinematic sequences define a three-dimensional collage of the Monte Gelato waterfalls (Rome, Italy) as they have been filmed in more than 180 productions including films, TV series and commercials. From peplum to western, from comedy to thriller, from science-fiction to erotica: sounds and videos expand in an immersive landscape that transports the Falls in time and space.

Director’s statement:

“I have never visited the Monte Gelato waterfalls and yet they have always been familiar to me: since I was a child I have noticed them in the background of dozens of films that have shaped me. For the last five years I have been obsessively accumulating old DVDs, very rare VHSs and brittle Super-8s, trying to compile the complete filmography of a place that cinema has transported to Ancient Greece, the Far West or Nazi-occupied France. Isolated from the films to which they belong, the different scenes are aligned in a layered landscape that through virtual reality expands the limits of the cinematic screen to pay homage to the richness and inventiveness of Italian Cinema”.

Origin: Italy

Plateform: Not Available

Frontières

Serial Kitten

Category: Proof of Concept

Directed by: Cédric Hachard

Produced by: Rumble Fish Productions

Country of production: France, Belgium

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Language: French

As Ana’s life crumbles with the death of her father and a romantic breakup, her little cat Lucius inexplicably takes on human form and sets out to kill those who cause her mistress pain – helping Ana putting her life back on track.

Fantastic 7

Venus

Category: Fantastic 7

Directed by: Jaume Balagueró

Produced by: Pokeepsie Films

Country of production: Spain

Original title: Venus

Genre: Horror

Language: Spanish

Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia

“Venus” is a supernatural horror story set in an urban survival environment with elements of modern witchery.

 

Cannes XR

Lavrynthos

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Produced by: Amir Admoni, Fabito Rychter, Delirium XR

Directed by: Amir Admoni, Fabito Rychter

Original title: Lavrynthos

Lead artist: Amir Admoni, Fabito Rychter

Runtime: 20min

Language: English

Completed in: 2021

Synopsis:

Lavrynthos places you at the heart of the labyrinth of Crete to tell you the story of the unlikely relationship between the Minotaur and his next meal: a girl named Cora. A contemporary Greek tragedy paying homage to the cradle of modern dramatic theory while challenging it at the same time. Lavrynthos is a humorous take on a 3000 years old myth updating it with themes and topics that are relevant in this day and age.

Director’s statement:

Every storyteller should pray everyday to saint Aristoteles. The creator of modern dramatic theory. The original Robert Mckee. There’s no question that Greece is the cradle of storytelling the way we know it and theater was their medium. By representing the oldest medium of storytelling on the most modern one, that is VR, we feel we are going the full circle. And what we like about it is that we aren’t just retelling an old story but updating it to our times by bringing modern themes and topics.

Origin: Brazil

Devices: HTC Vive series/Oculus Rift series/Quest

Platform: VeeR, Alexandria

Frontières

Kidnapping Inc

Category: Buyers Showcase

Directed by: Bruno Mourral

Produced by: Promenades Films, Péripheria Productions Inc, BHM Films

Country of production: France, Canada

Genre: Dark Comedy

Language: Creole, French

Two hapless kidnappers, tasked with what seems like a simple job discover it’s anything but, and find themselves in the middle of a political conspiracy in Haiti.

Frontières

The Portal

Category: Proof of Concept

Directed by: Chadi Abo

Produced by: Ruba El-Khesh Khair, Lilas Wahbe, May Odeh, Zorana Musikic, Chadi Abo

Country of production: France, Syria, Germany

Genre: Fantasy, Science-fiction

Language: Arabic, French, English

In a war zone, a little girl prays for salvation. A cosmic power comes to help her. From now on, Sana will resurrect dead children. 

Fantastic 7

The Portal

Category: Fantastic 7

Directed by: Chadi Abo

Produced by: Ruba El-Khesh Khair, Lilas Wahbe, May Odeh, Zorana Musikic, Chadi Abo

Country of production: France - Syria

Original title: The Portal

Genre: Fantasy, Science-fiction, War

Language: Arabic - French - English

Cairo International Film Festival

In a war zone, a little girl prays for salvation. A cosmic power comes to help her. From now on, Sana will resurrect dead children.

Cannes XR

Area Man Lives

Genre: Comedy

Produced by: Michael Perrotto, Numinous Games in association with Cyan Ventures and City Lights

Directed by: Amy Noel Green, Ryan Green

Original title: Area Man Lives

Lead artist: Amy Noel Green, Ryan Green

Runtime: 120-300 minutes of gameplay (Variable length)

Language: English

Completed in: 2022

Synopsis:

AREA MAN LIVES. Or does he? A quirky radio drama unfolds around you in VR while you do your best to keep the radio station humming along as its new DJ. You speak out loud to produce commercials, interview callers and have conversations with your producer. Try your best to piece together how your actions inside the station impact your listening audience. And when things get super weird, don’t forget to save the Area Man.

Director’s statement:

AREA MAN LIVES is a hilariously absurd VR adventure that uses unique storytelling to reveal what we believe about our place in the world and surface questions of destiny, examining how those beliefs connect us to others or drive us apart. We believe that everyone wants to be seen and that when we choose to connect with others we discover all the profound ways that we matter.

Origin: US

Devices: Oculus Quest series

Platform: VeeR