Watch Venice VR Selection On VRrOOm's XR App

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Watch Venice VR Selection On VRrOOm's XR App
September 15, 2019
You can now watch six films from the Venice VR official selection from September 8 to October 8, 2019 on the VRrOOm XR app (Apple App Store / iOS - Google Play / Android / Daydream - Oculus store / Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR - Viveport / HTC Vive). Some of them are also available on the VRrOOm channel on Samsung VR, or on web XR for any type of headsets, including the Oculus Quest (please find the web XR links below the film titles).

 

This year, VRrOOm reinforces its partnership with the Venice Film Festival, bringing again films of the Venice VR official lineup in exclusivity to the VRrOOm extended reality platform, designed to make the world’s finest festivals and cultural events be more accessible to global audiences. Featuring top quality content, the new platform helps festivals overcome their time and space constraints to grant global audiences’ access to some of the world's most prestigious events' premieres.

 

Powered by Bemersive and in partnership with the 76th Venice International Film Festival's Venice VR program, the VRrOOm XR app includes 6 VR films from the official line-up competing at Venice Biennale in world premiere, presented in exclusivity to the audience worldwide. The limited-run is available at no cost to all for a period of one month, from September 8 to October 8, 2019. 

 

One of the most pressing issues that artistic VR is confronted with today is the challenge of discoverability and optimizing availability for the largest possible number of art lovers and potential spectators. To address this, VRrOOm and Venice Biennale are excited to bring quality VR to global audiences through this new initiative.

 

One year after its first collaboration with Venice VR, which coincided with the launch of the VRrOOm’s XR app, VRrOOm is now enabling the world's oldest festival to become the first event to reach global audiences using all types of headsets without the need to download an app. In January this year, VRrOOm extended its online presence by launching its channel on Samsung VR; now, as part of its ongoing efforts to support VR creators reach a broader audience, VRrOOm significantly increases the accessibility of its virtual festivals platform via a player uniquely powered by WebVR thanks to its partnership with LucidWeb.

 

Below is the list of the Venice VR films available on the app and online, including the links to access them through the web :

 

BATTLE HYMN

Download the VRrOOm XR app to enjoy Battle Hymn as well as the Venice VR virtual extension's full lineup now, and watch this space for a web XR viewing of Battle Hymn, as we are currently optimizing the content in order to provide you with the best experience, it will be ready in a few days time.

SYNOPSIS

Every night, hundreds of IDF soldiers go on dozens of arrest missions in Palestinian villages in the West Bank. This film gives its viewers a one-time peek into this ‘routine’ IDF fundamental experience, where manliness and shame, strength and weakness, lowliness and power, combine. In doing so, the film tells a tale, both realistic and surreal of this place.

 

Director: Yair Agmon

Production: Yalla Films (Tal Becher)

Running Time: 11’

Country: Israel

Main Cast: Itamar Eliyahu, Tomer Macloof, Offer Becher, Matan Jez

Screenplay: Yair Agmon

Cinematographer: Barak Brinker

Costume Designer: Matan Gez

Music: Yair Seri

Sound: Avihai Rahmani

Visual Effects: Yuval Bar On

 

BLACK BAG

You can either download the VRrOOm XR app to enjoy the Venice VR virtual extension's full lineup, or watch Black Bag directly on web XR via THIS LINK - supports all types of headsets as well as smartphones or desktops.

SYNOPSIS

Ex-military security guard, Mr. S works for a bank and leads the life of a normal working-class man. He fantasises about a major heist, a dream that becomes reality when a mysterious black leather bag is deposited into the bank vault by a VIP. Mr.S successfully robs the black leather bag through the help of his veteran friends, whom he murders in order to keep it for himself.

As he enters the tunnel, the real world starts to peel away from him. Mr.S steps out of a strange elevator and arrives at hell, where all his past sins are playing on television screens. Is this the fantasy of a moral man, or is the heist real?

 

Director: Qing Shao

Production: VRTIMES (Qing Shao)

Running Time: 12’

Country: China

Main Cast: Shao Qing

Screenplay: Qing Shao

Editor: Qing Shao

Music: Xing Yu Li

Sound: Wei Shao

Visual Effects: Da Wei Fang

Art director: Yu Ting Li, Qing Shao

 

DAUGHTERS OF CHIBOK - VENICE VR 2019 BEST STORY AWARD

You can either download the VRrOOm XR app to enjoy the Venice VR virtual extension's full lineup, or watch Daughters of Chibok directly on web XR via THIS LINK - supports all types of headsets as well as smartphones or desktops.

SYNOPSIS

In 2014 the sleepy agrarian community of Chibok (Borno State, North East Nigeria) was thrust into the global spotlight when the dreaded, anti-women education, terrorist group Boko Haram stormed the town at night and abducted 276 teenage schoolgirls from their dormitories. The world watched in shock and horror as videos of the girls, surrounded by machine gun- wielding terrorists, surfaced all over the internet and satellite channels across the globe. The VR deals with the aftermath of the kidnappings, and explores topical global issues of gender rights and the right to education.

 

Director: Joel Kachi Benson

Production: VR360 Stories (Joel Benson)

Running Time: 11’

Country: Nigeria

Screenplay: Joel Benson

Editor: Joel ‘Kachi Benson

Music: Cobhams Asuquo

Sound: Idowu Aremu

 

PASSENGER

You can either download the VRrOOm XR app to enjoy the Venice VR virtual extension's full lineup, or watch Passenger directly on web XR via THIS LINK - supports all types of headsets as well as smartphones or desktops.

You are sitting in the back of a taxi, driving in the dark. As the landscape begins to change, the outside environment becomes increasingly surreal. You piece together your story—abstracted and dream-like— as you progress into the quiet shock of a new world.
This 360 degree stop-motion VR tells the story of arriving in a new country to live. Your taxi driver, himself a migrant to Australia, navigates the new terrain with you, acting as your guide while also revealing parts of his own story. Passenger recreates and investigates the geographic and visual dislocation of arriving somewhere unfamiliar and beginning the journey of finding a new home in a foreign land.

 

Director: Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine

Production: Film Camp

Running Time: 10’

Country: Australia

Main Cast: Sami Shah

Screenplay: Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine

Cinematographer: Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine

Editor: Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine

Music: Mirko Guerrini

Sound: Byron Scullin

Visual Effects: Julia Egerton

 

VR FREE

You can either download the VRrOOm XR app to enjoy the Venice VR virtual extension's full lineup, or watch VR Free directly on web XR via THIS LINK - supports all types of headsets as well as smartphones or desktops.

SYNOPSIS

VR Free explores the nature of incarceration spaces by portraying some fractions of life inside the Turin prison. The film also captures the reaction of few inmates during their encounter with immersive videos of life outside of prison. By using the VR headsets, the prisoners get to virtually participate in some collective and intimate situations which are no longer within their reach.

 

Director: Milad Tangshir

Production: Associazione Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Valentina Noya)

Running Time: 10’

Country: Italy

Main Cast: Michele Romano, Albert Asllanaj, Cristian De Bonis, Ogert Rakipais, Michele Bono

Cinematographer: Stefano Sburlati

Sound: Vito Martinelli

 

THE WAITING ROOM

You can either download the VRrOOm XR app to enjoy the Venice VR virtual extension's full lineup, or watch The Waiting Room directly on web XR via THIS LINK - supports all types of headsets as well as smartphones or desktops.

SYNOPSIS

The Waiting Room is VR journey which tells the story of Victoria Mapplebeck’s breast cancer (as patient and director) from diagnosis through treatment to recovery. The lynchpin of this VR piece is a 9-minute durational 360 take, a reconstruction of Victoria’s last session of radiotherapy. The user finds themselves in an intimate and unexpected role of bystander. This experience is counter balanced by a CGI journey inside her body. Cancer cells, CT scans, mammograms and ultrasound provide a 3D portrait of Victoria’s body from the inside, out. The Waiting Room begins with a personal journey but as cancer affects one in two of us over the course of a lifetime, it also tells a very universal story.

 

Director: Victoria Mapplebeck

Production: East City Films (Darren Emerson)

Running Time:15’

Country: UK

Screenplay: Victoria Mapplebeck

Cinematographer: Darren Emerson

Editor: Conan Roberts, Jack Howard, Anton Yavorsky

Music: Every time We Say Goodbye written by Cole Porter and performed by Ella Fitzgerald

Sound: John Wakefield, Henrik Oppermann

Visual Effects: Conan Roberts, Laurentiu Fenes

 

The six films from the Venice VR official selection are presented by VRrOOm from September 8 to October 8, 2019 on the VRrOOm XR app (Apple App Store / iOS - Google Play / Android / Daydream - Oculus store / Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR - Viveport / HTC Vive). Some of them are also available on the VRrOOm channel on Samsung VR, or on web XR for any type of headsets, including the Oculus Quest (the web XR links can be found underneath the film titles).

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