Magazine article Screen International

DIFF VR Sidebar Offers Touch of the Theatrical

Magazine article Screen International

DIFF VR Sidebar Offers Touch of the Theatrical

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Virtual reality (VR) is shaping up to be a combination of cinema, theatre and gaming, according to Hassan Kiyany, VR filmmaker and programmer of DIFF sidebar DIFFerent Reality, which kicks offtoday (Dec 8).

"It definitely requires a different way of thinking - it looks like in the future it will add elements of live theatre and gaming to the cinematic experience," said Kiyany, whose VR work Flash is also screening in DIFFerent Reality. "Even now, people who have made VR films say the experience is closer to directing theatre than traditional filmmaking.

Kiyany worked with DIFF to select ten VR works from all over the world to screen in DIFFerent Reality. The line-up includes Indian director Faiza Ahmad Khan's When All Land Is Lost, about the polluted land of Korba; Italian director Haider Rashid's No Borders, which tackles the refugee crisis; and UK director Darren Emson's Invisible, about detention in the UK's immigration system.

Audiences will be also be taken to the depths of a Siberian lake in Lake Baikal: The Science And Spirituality Of Extreme Water and the Amazon rainforest and Virunga National Park in Are You Listening?: Amazon & Congo. …

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