Magazine article Screen International

Iñárritu Shines in Cannes VR Push

Magazine article Screen International

Iñárritu Shines in Cannes VR Push

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Carne y Arena was the highlight of this year's VR crop at the festival.

Alejandro González Iñárritu's lauded Carne y Arena was the star of Cannes' VR offering this year but the Marche's innovation hub NEXT also offered up plenty of debate and experiences.

Among companies to showcase VR compilation experiences were Arte, Telefilm Canada, CNC and China's Polyhedron VR Studio.

San Francisco-based operation Penrose Studios screened the first episode of Arden's Wake, an immersive 15-minute experience, which tells the story of a young girl living with her father in a lighthouse.

The experience was created with Penrose's software Maestro, which allows their development team to fully collaborate in a virtual space.

* Read: 'The Revenant' director Iñárritu's Cannes VR project: report

Meanwhile, Zach Richter of Within screened an immersive 360 rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, using Lytro's Immerge camera.

In the booked-out interactive effort Ximoan, part of the Swiss Digital Showcase, one player lies down wearing an Oculus Rift headset, while another player stands at the head of the bed and plays a musical instrument, determining what the prostrate player views. …

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