Virtual reality for the first time at the Cannes film festival

Virtual reality for the first time at the Cannes film festival

La Croisette will host a short film of 6 minutes directed by the Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, visible only with a virtual reality headset. An unprecedented installation.

In 2002, the Cannes Film Festival was the first film competition of its kind to show digital films. In the years that followed, digital technology has imposed itself on all film production, so much so that today, there are almost no feature films shot otherwise.

Once again, La Croisette surprises moviegoers by offering out of competition an installation in virtual reality, on the sidelines of the films in competition this year. With a duration of 6 minutes 30, the film was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, author of Birdman and The Revenant, for which DiCaprio received the Oscar for best Actor. Its title: Carne y arena (“Flesh and sand”)

Virtual reality is not so “complicated and technical” as stated this morning by the general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux.

This technique offers viewers to watch a movie using a headset. The image is therefore placed right in front of the eyes of the viewer. But the fundamental change is that the film is no longer limited to a fixed frame. The viewer is immersed in the universe of images shot at 360°. He can at any time turn his head in the direction that pleases him and thus move the framing, adapting it to his liking.

“Cinema in virtual reality, already an art”

Thierry Frémaux, very enthusiastic about the idea of proposing this experience, posits the following hypothesis: “Virtual reality cinema, far from being a single technique is already an art, an aesthetic practice employed by directors today.»

Iñárritu is accompanied by the” great cinematographer ” Emmanuel Lubezki (nicknamed El Chivo) known for his work with Alfonso Cuarón (Sons of Man, Gravity), Terrence Malick (The Three of Life) and the latest films of the Mexican director. He is one of the world’s specialists in sequence shot, this technique of cinema which consists in proposing a scene in a long shot without cutting during editing. An extremely useful asset since the cut is very difficult to handle in this type of cinema at the moment, according to specialists.

Used in many fields, from the military to medicine through video games, Virtual Reality (VR for Virtual Reality) gains even more, with this announcement, its letters of nobility.

Unfortunately, this experience concocted by a great film chef will only be available to the press. The impatient can however test this cinematic experience in Paris, at the MK2 Bibliothèque, which opened last December a room dedicated to virtual reality.

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