The London Film Week VR Showcase takes place online between 1—7 December 2020
VIRTUAL REALITY SHOWCASE
The Book of Distance
In 1935, Yonezo Okita left his home in Hiroshima, Japan, and began a new life in Canada. Then war and state-sanctioned racism changed everything—he became the enemy. Three generations later, his grandson, artist Randall Okita, leads us on an interactive virtual pilgrimage through an emotional geography of immigration and family to recover what was lost.
The Book of Distance blends techniques from mechanical sculpture, film, and stage to redefine personal storytelling in virtual reality. Family archives add a haunting layer of realism. 2D and 3D hand-crafted sets reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, evocative character design, and seamless choreography combine with surprising moments of interaction to gently whisk us across the ocean and through the years.
Okita invites us to participate in this generous act of imagination: a space of magical theatre and generational echoes. He never strays too far from our side as we move through the story’s darker moments.
Book of Distance is Produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass
Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass is the first VR experience presented to the public by the Louvre Museum and is conceived as part of the Museum’s seminal Leonardo da Vinci exhibition which commemorates the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death in France. Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass reveals the latest scientific research on da Vinci’s artistic innovation and his painting techniques and processes through exceptional visualization in virtual reality, bringing them to life.
Have you ever questioned your worth? Have you ever tried to prove yourself to an invisible force? The greatest masters of all time have lacked conviction and doubted themselves. But what if doubt was the key to their genius? Il Dubbio is a VR interactive experience that explores doubt in the creative process and how it shapes ideas into form. It is a journey into the minds and studios of Leonardo da Vinci and three contemporary artists, which use doubt in their practice. The experience brings to light that infamous feeling that we don’t speak of but which often defines some of the secrets of creativity.
Hush is an immersive Virtual Reality experience rooted in the Northern myths of the merpeople, who lured sailors and longing souls to the sea.
Like the lost ones of the past, you begin by the seaside. The world around you dissolves as you hear the calling from the sea, and you are submerged in a suggestive underwater world, where the distinction between reality and imagination, man and nature, disappears.
Hush is a stand-alone VR piece, but it is also a companion piece to the hybrid documentary film THYLAND, also directed by Vibeke Bryld and supported by New Danish Screen at the Danish Film Institute) which is based in the same universe as Hush, and is currently in postproduction.