The Venice International Film Festival has incorporated VR projects since 2016. Rebranded for 2020 as Venice VR Expanded, the festival’s VR content has moved to an entirely digital format. And we’re proud to share part of the official selection on Oculus TV for Oculus Quest.
The following 360° films are available to watch for free on Oculus TV for Quest, now through September 12.
1ST STEP - FROM EARTH TO THE MOON
Director: Jörg Courtial, Maria Courtial
1st Step is at once both a VR documentary and a fairy tale, telling the magical story of a dream come true: the Apollo missions. Experience the elevator ride as you rise up alongside the steaming rocket and then, have a look inside the cramped capsule of the command module. After landing on the moon, viewers find themselves gazing at lunar panoramas in 3D—thoroughly re-created from archive photos of the Apollo 17 mission. See the missions, from their impressive launch all the way through to their return, in a new way—through the eyes of the astronauts.
4 FEET HIGH
Director: Maria Belen Poncio, Rosario Perazolo Masjoan, Damian Turkieh
Country: Argentina, France
Juana, a 17 year-old wheelchair user, aims to explore her sexuality but is ashamed of her body. Trying to find her place in a new high school, she will go through failure, friendship, fear, and politics until she builds her own pride.
AU PAYS DU CANCRE MOU (IN THE LAND OF THE FLABBY SCHNOOK)
Director: François Vautier
A little brother asks his big sister how she managed to stop being afraid of the dark. She draws him into a succession of dreamlike tableaux where everything comes alive and through which the little brother learns to confront his own fears.
JIOU JIA (HOME)
Director: Hsu Chih Yen
On a summer afternoon, the family gathers at the old house. They surround grandma to show their love, even though she’s no longer able to move, react, or hear clearly. As people come and go, the television keeps replaying and the fan is still running in the peaceful old house, where the grandma lives with her maid.
Director: Joséphine Derobe
Country: France, Belgium
At the age of 24, Mortaza had to flee his own country, Afghanistan, because he was sentenced to death by the religious authorities. Forced into exile, through a dangerous and clandestine road, Mortaza will reach Europe to join the country he wished to ask for asylum: France.
OM DEVI: SHEROES REVOLUTION
Director: Claudio Casale
Country: Italy, India
Om Devi: Sheroes Revolution is a journey in the resilience of three women fighting to reshape gender equality rights in India. Anjali, Shabnam, and Devya Arya, a doctor, an acid-attack survivor, and a Sanskrit scholar, combine a renewed social idealism with the spiritual philosophy they all grew up with, in a harmonious synthesis between progressivism and tradition. The Devi, the goddess in ancient Indian culture, leads them on their path towards emancipation and self-discovery.
Director: Jonathan Hagard
Country: Japan, Germany, Indonesia
Replacements depicts a Javanese family living in a fictional neighborhood in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. Inspired by people and places that truly exist, they are witnesses of this congested metropolis’s urban, environmental, political, and cultural transformations from about 1980 to 2020.
Director: François Vautier
A metallic tetrahedron floats through a milky abyss. All is calm—until this geometric form suddenly deconstructs, atomizing into billions of fragments. What was once a negative space is now dense with chaos. All that was rational and understood has come undone.
WO SHENG MING ZHONG DE 60 MIAO (ONE MORE MINUTE)
Director: Wan Daming
Wo Sheng Ming Zhong De 60 Miao is a VR documentary about the stories that happened to individuals and families during the COVID-19 pandemic period across China. It is filmed by over 100 individuals including professional VR creators and people who just learned about VR filming. Produced by VeeR and MeDoc, the documentary collects different stories that happened exactly at 10:00 am on February 20, 2020 in multiple Chinese cities, documenting the time, the space, and the emotion at that moment of various lives. Through this piece collectively filmed by different people, we want to spread the message that we are in this situation together even though we are physically apart.
We’re also hosting a handful of festival previews of 6DOF experiences on Quest. Access to the festival previews requires Venice International Film Festival accreditation.
AJAX ALL POWERFUL
Director: Ethan Shaftel
Country: USA, China
Ajax is a foul-mouthed, double-crossing genie addicted to the human souls he collects in exchange for granting wishes to gullible humans. However, something is different about the naive young girl who rubbed the lamp this time: she’s hired a straight-laced lawyer to negotiate her wishes, and they might have a trick or two up their sleeves...
Director: Eric Darnell, Mathias Chelebourg
Viewers are invited as a main character into a haunting fairytale world completely reimagined, and their choices determine the ending of this story of love, fortitude, and magic. Sometimes a force for evil, sometimes a force for good, the enigmatic witch Baba Yaga uses her powers to stop the villagers whose settlement encroaches upon her enchanted forest. When the viewer’s mother, the village chief, falls deathly ill, it is up to them and their sister Magda to do the unthinkable—enter the forest, uncover its hidden mysteries, and get the cure from Baba Yaga. Ultimately, every decision the viewer makes matters... even determining whether humanity and nature can live in balance. Coming to Oculus later this year, Baba Yaga features an all-woman cast including Daisy Ridley, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Hudson, and Glenn Close.
GOODBYE MR. OCTOPUS
Director: Amaury Campion
It’s Stella’s 16th birthday, and her father thinks she’s too young to travel with her soccer team all the way to Australia. Upset, she blames her overprotective father for the absence of her mother. But then a letter from her mother shifts Stella’s perceptive. As the words from her mother’s letter come to life around you, follow Stella as she explores the story of how her parents first met and journeys through her own past to learn what it means to grow up. This heartfelt coming-of-age short film was entirely hand-animated in VR with Quill.
Director: German Heller, Federico Carlini
Paper Birds is the story of a short-sighted child with an exceptional talent for music. He must find his way through the world of darkness to bring back his sister, taken away by the shadows. He’ll use the depth of music to open portals to the invisible world. He’ll confront the shadows, and they’ll reveal their purpose. This journey uses the senses to evoke inner darkness and the mystery that lies within itthe unknown that we’re often afraid to see. A story about inspiration, intuition, emotion and how these qualities are invoked by the music, Part 1 is coming to Oculus later this year.
SMAGEN AF SULT (A TASTE OF HUNGER)
Director: Christoffer Boe, David Adler
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France
Space and time distorts as you follow Maggie who is married to Carsten. Together they share a common dream of a family and a Michelin-starred restaurant. But a taste of hunger is building in Maggie. A hunger that must be fed.
WE LIVE HERE
Director: Rose Troche
We Live Here introduces us to Rockey, a 59-year-old woman who has been living in a tent in a park for almost three years. In this interactive VR experience, you will be asked to interact with Rockey’s objects and through them learn of her life, her stories. You will come to understand you are not so different from Rockey. You will understand that even you, through a series of misfortunes, could find yourself like Rockey—homeless. This Oculus VR for Good project was completed in partnership with Invisible People, and it’s due to release early next year.
You can also check out all three of last year’s Venice VR winners on Quest today.
A LINHA (THE LINE)
Director: Ricardo Laganaro
BEST VR IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE FOR INTERACTIVE CONTENT
Set within a scale model of 1940s São Paulo, The Line is an interactive story about love and fear of change, inviting you into the world of Pedro and Rosa. Pull on knobs or crawl under the model to unfold the story of these miniature dolls who are perfect for each other but reluctant to live out their love. Available on Quest and the Rift Platform.
Director: Céline Tricart
GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST VR IMMERSIVE WORK
A journey through dreams filled with magical realism, concluding with a shocking reveal. Anna doesn’t remember her past, but she has vivid dreams about it. In every one of her dreams, there is a mysterious key. Will you be able to unlock the mystery without sacrificing too much? Available on Quest and the Rift Platform.
DAUGHTERS OF CHIBOK
Director: Joel Kachi Benson
BEST VR IMMERSIVE STORY FOR LINEAR CONTENT
It’s been six years since 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their hostels in Chibok, a small town in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. More than 100 girls have been rescued by the government, but 112 are still missing. Daughters of Chibok gives a voice to the mothers for whom the memory of April 14, 2014 is like yesterday. The documentary, made by Joel ‘Kachi Benson, focuses on their hopes and how they keep the pain at bay. Click here to learn more and support these incredible women. Available on Quest.
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