The VR Arles Festival jury, headed by the actress Charlotte Rampling, rewarded four experiences from the VR Arles Festival’s Official Selection. All members of the jury, creators Mélodie Mousset, Jan Kounen and Jakob Kudsk Steensen, as well as the mayor of Arles, Hervé Schiavetti, Sam Stourdzé from Rencontres d’Arles, Benoît Baume de fisheye, Bertrand Cizeau from BNP Paribas, Valérie Bernet of EDF and the SanDisk team (associated to the Jury Prize) were present.
Fiction Prize: 7 Lives
The immersive work 7 Lives performed by Charles Ayats, Sabrina Calvo and Jan Kounen wins the category of fiction. A Red Corner production, France Télévisions, a_BAHN and Frakas Productions.
7 Lives, of Jan Kounen. 2018
A teenage girl jumps in front of a subway train. Her soul rises from the tracks. On the platform, the witnesses to the scene are in a state of shock. It has awoken a traumatic memory in each of them. A painful memory, that plays out again and again. To end its wandering, the soul must pass into each of their minds, delve into their memories, and help them find peace…
Version Prize: Traveling While Black
Roger Ross Williams’ Traveling While Black, Ayesha Nadarajah, Felix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphael, produced by Felix & Paul Studios, Traveling While Black Inc. and Oculus Studios.
Traveling while black, by Roger Ross Williams, Ayesha Nadarajah, Felix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël. 2019. European premiere.
Confronting the way we understand and talk about race in America, this virtual reality documentary immerses the viewer in the long history of restriction of movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities.
Visions Prize:HanaHana Multi-Bloom
Immersed in an otherworldly desert and haunting soundscape, the player experiences a call to adventure and creativity using his life force to seed the landscape with giant hands which bloom and unfurl like flowers. He or she can cultivate this bizarre wilderness and create the most unexpected hallucinatory constructions limited only by one’s imagination. Unleash your creativity in a unique and poignant collaborative art-piece where virtual reality merges with the subconscious for a thrilling and disturbing journey into your mind, body and senses.
HanaHana Multi-bloom, de Mélodie Mousset, 2019. Première française.
Jury Prize: RE-ANIMATED
RE-ANIMATED by Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Jury Prize, is a speculative and poetic reflection on the death in 1987 of the last Moho bird of Kauai Island.
RE-ANIMATED by Jakob Kudsk Steensen, 2018. French premiere
RE-ANIMATED is based on the last Kauai’O’o bird, whose 1987 death marked the extinction of its species. In 2009, its mating call was uploaded to YouTube. Since then, the song of the Kauai’O’o calling hopelessly to a mate has been played almost a million times. RE-ANIMATED is a reimagining of the bird and its song, which here inhabit a distorted reconstruction of the bird’s original habitat. The experience provokes fresh perspectives on our ecological future, which is now at odds with our present reality.