After the 2017 edition, marked by the presentation of such notable works as Alteration, Sergent James, and Unrest, French productions were back in force at the Tribeca Film Festival. The immersive works covered a large spectrum ranging from animation, documentary, and interactive experiments.
After capturing attention at the Sundance Film Festival, BattleScar had its New York premiere - an opportunity for the public to transform into Rosario Dawson and discover the new adventures of Lupe and her punk rock band at the beginning of the 1980s.
Another project produced by Atlas V, Vestige by Aaron Bradbury had its world premiere. Three years after the much remarked upon LoVR, the British director offered an immersive sensorial experience in the spirit of Lisa, and a journey through the fragments of a love story.
Last but not least Tribeca 2018 signaled the return of the VR production company InnerSpace, with the next episode of Firebird, The Unfinished. After dance, this time Hadrien Lanvin and Balthazar Auxietre paid homage to sculpture in a creation inspired by Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin.
In terms of minority co-productions, three other projects represented France.
Atlas V presented the world premiere of the next episode of SPHERES. New York spectators were hence able to travel across the cosmos accompanied by Jessica Chastain.
Tribeca Immersive was also an occasion to discover Alexandre Aja's first foray into VR. With Campfire Creepers: Midnight March, the French director, who specializes in horror film remakes (La Colline a des yeux, Piranha 3D), presented a frightening immersive work.
And to complete the picture, Mathias Chelebourg has offered a new interactive experience, Jack. Less than a year after Alice, the Virtual Reality Play and its prestigious world tour (Venice Film Festival , Fost, Montreal, Dubai...), the French director again re-imagined a fairy tale world.
To celebrate these selections - and in the context of the French Immersion program - a reception was organized on April 18 by the cultural services of the Ambassade de France, during which demonstrations of BattleScar, Firebird, and Vestige were offered to the guests.
The complete selection can be found here.
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