Themed Cycles

La Sélection VR

La création française en matière de réalité virtuelle à l’honneur

30 films

Afin de faire découvrir à l’international la créativité et la diversité des œuvres de réalité virtuelle françaises, l’Institut français vous propose la Sélection VR qui réunit plus d’une trentaine d’œuvres. Classées en trois thèmes - Fiction, Documentaire, Arts et Patrimoine -, elles présentent par leur diversité de sujet et de forme une sélection riche et variée représentative de la création française.

La Sélection VR
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  • Virtual Reality
  • 2018
  • France
  • 31min

Battlescar

by Nico Casavecchia and Martin Allais

BattleScar follows a year in the life of Lupe, a Puerto Rican-American living in late 1970’s New York City. The film utilises Lupe’s handwritten journal to guide us through her experiences spanning across the year 1978 as she meets Debbie, another runaway kid living in the city. Debbie will introduce Lupe to the Punk scene of the Bowery and expose her to the secret worlds co-existing in the Lower East Side in the late 70’s. BattleScar is a coming of age drama that explores the theme of identity through the use of animation and immersive environments in virtual reality.

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  • Virtual Reality
  • 2018
  • France
  • 2h00

A Fisherman's Tale

by Balthazar Auxietre and Alexis Morozt

“A Fisherman’s Tale” is a story-driven puzzle game for VR, inspired by nautical legends and lore, escape rooms, and mind-bending games. Playing as Bob, a tiny fisherman puppet, you live alone in your tiny cabin, oblivious to the world outside. When your radio broadcasts a storm alert, you have to get to the top of the lighthouse and turn on the light! But as you try to leave your cabin you realize what's waiting outside is not at all what you expected...

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  • Virtual Reality
  • 2019
  • France, Argentina
  • 29min

Gloomy Eyes

by Jorge Tereso and Fernando Maldonado

It’s 1983 on a cold night in Woodland City. Being a zombie is against the law. The undead have been around for almost a decade now, but peaceful coexistence with the “normal” people continues to fail. They hide in the forest, away from the dange- rous zombie hunters. Nights are calm and quiet, but Gloomy still tries to stay out of sight. Hunters are a real threat, but this zombie is hiding from something else as well…Truth is, he doesn’t feel too comfortable around others of hiskind. But really, Gloomy not completely like other zombies. He has access to things we don’t see or understand. Nature knows he’s special.

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  • Experimental film
  • 2017
  • France
  • 18min

Alteration

by Jérôme Blanquet

Alexandro volunteers for an experiment carried out to study dreams. He doesn’t even imagine that he’s going to be subjected to the intrusion of Elsa, a form of Artifcial Intelligence, who’s going to digitize and dematerialize his subconscious in order to feed off it.

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  • Experimental film
  • 2017
  • France
  • 7min

Lifeline

by Victor Michelot

Lifeline tells the story of the frozen moment when you fall in love. There’s no past, no present, no future but one unique sphere out of space and time whithin which feelings, memories and desires are mingled.

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  • 2019
  • France
  • 12min
  • expired rights

Mutatis

by Mali Arun

At night, strange men in white suits enter a botanical garden. Nature is abundant and fascinating. The site guard takes this group to the water lily pond. A young woman’s inanimate body is found there. The garden hides other bodies, buried, sunk in the deep flora. Then a strange light appears from the women’s bodies.

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  • Virtual Reality
  • 2017
  • France
  • 6min

PLANET ∞

by Momoko Seto

In a world in ruins, only fungi and mold grow in the middle of gigantic dried insects bodies. In a world in ruins, only fungi and mold grow in the middle of gigantic dried insects bodies. When a weather change occurs, rain irrigates the arid planet and floods it gradually. In the water springs an ecosystem, populated by giant carnivorous tadpoles.

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  • Experimental film
  • 2016
  • France
  • 15min

Firebird : La Péri

by Balthazar Auxietre

La Péri is a VR experience based on classical music and ballet by composer Paul Dukas and starring John Rhys-Davies as the narrator. It relies heavily on the Vive’s hand controllers, and will enable you to interact directly with the characters and creatures which populate this world. In this unique and visually stunning production by the award-winning french VR studio Innerspace, choreography, music, story-line and the most high-end technology will merge into one, producing an extraordinary audio-visual experience.

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  • Experimental film, Fantasy and science fiction
  • 2017
  • France
  • 7min

Sergent James

by Alexandre Perez

It is Leo’s bedtime. When his mum goes to switch off the light, the little boy thinks there is something under his bed… Leo : Will you leave the light on, please? Mummy : Why, darling? Leo : I... I think there is something under my bed...

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  • Experimental film
  • 2017
  • France, Germany
  • 7min

The Hourglass

by Matthieu Lienart

Vincent and Cathy steal a briefcase from a businessman - just for fun. But what this briefcase contains is far beyond what they could imagine: an hourglass!

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  • Experimental film
  • 2018
  • France
  • 15min

1, 2, 3 Bruegel !

by Gordon Jarach and Andrès Jarach

1, 2, 3 Bruegel is an entertaining VR experience in 3D Real-time into the mysterious Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting “Children’s Games”: A game of hide and seek where your mission will be to find the 200 children hidden in the city. The painting is no longer a painting but a model game in which you can walk around and act upon.

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  • Experimental film
  • 2018
  • France
  • 8min

Claude Monet, The Water Lily obsession

by Nicolas Thépot

In 1883 the painter Claude Monet first rented a house in the French town of Giverny. After purchasing the property and adjoining land, the artist transformed an existing small pond into a water garden with water lilies and a Japanese-style bridge from which he could observe the water and the flowers. From 1899 to 1926, Monet painted more than 250 scenes devoted to the water lily theme, which became what he himself called “an obsession.” The Waterlilies series is a unique artistic adventure, that saw, for the first time, the creation, by the artist himself, of his own subject: Monet built the garden, bringing some rare species and essences. He has spent more than 30 years of his life trying to paint the reflection of the light on the pond, and has finally designed the location of their exhibition.

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  • Experimental film
  • 2018
  • France
  • 15min

The Scream VR

by Sandra Paugam and Charles Ayats

This virtual reality experience uses The Scream as a launching pad, exploring the painter’s deepest obsessions in an audio-visual staging of the most famous scream in the history of art. It all starts in a museum hall, where the viewer is free to walk around and interact. But as he turns his gaze to the painting, he is thrust into another world, an imaginary sensory-packed world. A universe on the outskirts of reality that taps into the painter’s psyche and unfolds in three chapters.

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  • Experimental film
  • 2018
  • France
  • 8min

Isle of the Dead

by Benjamin Nuel and Clémence Madeleine Perdrillat

Isle of the Dead is a timeless journey, starting from an everyday apartment towards our final destination, guided by Charon, ferryman of the Underworld. This VR experience is a loose recreation of the eponymous work painted in 1883 by the Swiss symbolist painter Arnold Böcklin. The famous masterpiece also inspired a symphonic poem by Rachmaninov, which makes a perfect soundtrack to accompany the experience.

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  • Experimental film, Virtual Reality
  • 2017
  • France
  • 7min

Paris, a walk in virtual reality: the Musée d’Orsay

by Vincent Ravalec

The Forum des images revisits emblematic Parisian sites filmed from an unprecedented angle. It revives the architectural and cultural heritage of Paris like the Musée d’Orsay and reveals the majesty of one of the largest museums in Europe and the beauty of the works on display.

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  • 2020
  • France
  • 14min

Meet Mortaza

Meet Mortaza is an immersive and interactive experience — in VR and AR — sharing the intimacy of a man who was forced into exile. Ten years ago, Mortaza had to flee Afghanistan because of a fatwa launched against him. After three months through a dangerous and clandestine road, Mortaza hopefully arrived in the country he wished to ask for asylum: France. Today, after he struggled with French administration for more than three years, his refugee status is guaranteed in France, he works as a social coordinator for newcomers, he got married and has just had a baby. This year, Mortaza also plans to apply for French nationality status. Meet Mortaza recalls the search of freedom and identity of a man, embracing a long process through different continents.

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  • Experimental film
  • 2017
  • France
  • 4min

Paris, a walk in virtual reality: The Seine

by Raphaël Beaugrand

The Forum des images revisits the emblematic Parisian sites filmed from a new angle. It revives the architectural and cultural heritage of Paris along its most beautiful monuments seen from the banks of its river " the Seine ". The film runs on an original musical work by Sian Pottok.

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  • Virtual Reality
  • 2019
  • France
  • 15min

Accused #2: Walter Sisulu

by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte

256 hours of recordings of the Rivonia trial revivethe political fight of Mandela and 7 coaccused against apartheid. The film focuses on accused N°2, Walter Sisulu. “Mandela would, without fail, seek out Sisulu before making any kind of big decision.” It was an open secret among Mandela’s comrades in the struggle. Without Walter Sisulu, there wouldn’t have been Nelson Mandela. Sisulu was the one who found Mandela. Sisulu was his guide. Sisulu was his mentor. The world came to know about Sisulu duringthe Rivonia trial in 1963 and 1964. Mandela, accused number one, read a speech during the trial justifying why the ANC had resorted to violence. Sisulu, accused number two, was the first of the group to be cross-examined. The sound archives of the trial - which have recently been restored by the INA - allow us to relive the five days of his gripping confrontation with an overtly racist prosecutor. Sisulu, who faced the death penalty, stood up to the unrelenting aggression and gave as good as he got.

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  • Virtual Reality
  • 2020
  • France
  • 15min

The Dawn of Art

Our humanity’s first masterpiece was created 36, 000 years ago in Ardèche, France. Within Chauvet Cave lies thousands of drawings, enclosed forever. The Dawn of Art is a Virtual Reality experience, including both an immersive film and a virtual visit of the cave that invites you to meet your prehistoric ancestors, the first humans who ventured in a deepsubterranean world and left their marks preserved on the walls. Let Daisy Ridley guide you in your discovery of the Chauvet Cave, a Unesco World Heritage Site, considered one the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the XXth century. The Dawn of Art is not just a tour, but a storytelling experience, sparking emotions, and totally immersing you in the past, mirroring the way the First Men were immersed in their painted caves.

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  • 2017
  • France
  • 9min

Kinoscope

by Clément Léotard and Philippe Collin

Kinoscope is a VR experience immersing the spectator into a lively and colorful universe to discover the history of cinema lead by the voice of the Hollywood legend Dean Tavoularis, motion picture production designer whose work appeared in numerous box office hits such as The Godfather films, Apocalypse Now, The Brink’s Job, One from the Heart and Bonnie and Clyde.

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  • Virtual Reality, Historical film
  • 2020
  • France
  • 4min

Notre-Dame de Paris : journey to the past in VR

by Mélanie De Riberolles

On April 15, 2019, the world witnessed as Notre-Dame Cathedral was nearly destroyed in a devastating fire. As the tragedy unfolded, people began sharing memories of the cathedral with photos and videos reliving those moments. Others were able to relive their memories virtually through Assassin’s Creed Unity, the video game. This game, launched in 2014, takes the players to Paris at the time of the French Revolution. Ubisoft has been collaborating with historians for years, meticulously collecting data and testimonials to reconstitute Paris’ iconic monuments in-game. Today, based on this 3D model, Ubisoft proposes a virtual reality visit of Notre-Dame so people can get back to the cathedral and discover point-of-views that were inaccessible to the public, such as the roof, or elements of architecture that were destroyed by the fire, including the famous spire! In a 3X3 meters zone, the visitor is invited to look around and take a few steps to admire each perspective of the monument, from the nave to the bell towers, to the sound of its famous Cavaillé-Coll Organ performing J.S. Bach. He will even access places closed to the public, ending with an unexpected hot-air balloon flight over a living Paris. This experience has been shown for the first time at the UNESCO Headquarters on Heritage Days (sept. 2019) and was part of the South by Southwest Virtual Cinema 2020 selection.

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  • 2016
  • France, Great Britain
  • 7min

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness

by Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton and James Spinney

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness is an immersive virtual reality project based on John Hull’s sensory and psychological experience of blindness. In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and theologian John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began documenting his experiences on audio cassette. Over three years he recorded in excess of sixteen hours of material – a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating his interior world of blindness. These original diary recordings form the basis of this project, a six-part interactive documentary using new forms of storytelling, gameplay mechanics and virtual reality to explore his cognitive and emotional experience of blindness. Each scene will address a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience.

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  • Virtual Reality
  • 2018
  • France
  • 16min
  • expired rights

The Real Thing / Archi-Vrai

by Benoît Felici and Mathias Chelebourg

The Real Thing is a VR journey into a copy of our world, exploring real-life stories inside China’s replicas of Paris, Venice and London. Around China’s largest cities, entire neighbourhoods have been inspired by foreign models. The film explores the most stunning of these “fake cities”. It travels from Paris to London and Venice - without leaving China. The inhabitants guide us in the parallel world where they have chosen to live. As VR leads the way to virtual tourism, copycat cities compete to offer a real experience of static travel. Walking the thin line between reality and virtuality, this documentary combines both to enhance a whole new feeling of ubiquity.

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  • 2019
  • France
  • 8min
  • expired rights

L'homme derrière Notre-Dame

by Chloé Rochereuil

A privileged experience in the Notre-Dame Cathedral as it was before the 2019 fire. “How does one become Rector-Archpriest of Notre-Dame? I would say, it’s a stroke from the Holy Spirit’s hand”, warns Patrick Chauvet. Since 2016, the man is at the helm of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Beyond the stunning sceneries and the exclusive access before the 2019 tragic fire, the documentary tells the story of the man who guides the cathedral through modernity, shedding lights on what it means to be a churchman in the XXIst century.

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  • 2019
  • France
  • 4min

Paris a walk in virtual reality : The Eiffel Tower

by Raphaël Beaugrand

A secret and unexpected Paris in 360 °; an exploration of the hidden side of exceptional Parisian monuments. A 360°-visit of a Paris full of art and history and an invitation to travel, to dis- cover the hidden side of exceptional Parisian monuments. The Forum des images and TV5 monde constitute a collection of short films in 360 and in- vite the public to visit emblematic Parisian places filmed from a new angle.

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  • Virtual Reality
  • 2018
  • France
  • 6min
  • expired rights

Un Bar aux Folies Bergère

by Gabrielle Lissot

A four-acts immersion into Manet’s famous painting. A Bar at the Folies Bergère takes us into the head, the eyes and thoughts of Manet’s painting four characters. The narration, charged with emotion, has been created, co-written and adapted by Gabrielle Lissot, a prize-winning animation director (Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, pre-selection for the Césars). Beyond the documentary aspect, the project intends to reflect and to show the ambivalence of the Belle Époque and the sophistication of a masterwork whose interpretation is still a mystery.

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  • Virtual Reality
  • 2019
  • France
  • 8min

Paris a walk in virtual reality : Garnier Opera

by Raphaël Beaugrand

A secret and unexpected Paris in 360 °; an exploration of the hidden side of exceptional Parisian monuments. A 360°-visit of a Paris full of art and history and an invitation to travel, to discover the hidden side of exceptional Parisian monuments. The Forum des images and TV5 monde constitute a collection of short films in 360 and invite the public to visit emblematic Parisian places filmed from a new angle.

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  • 2019
  • France
  • 8min

Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass

Discover the Mona Lisa as you've never seen her before... Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass is the first virtual reality (VR) experience presented by Musée du Louvre. The virtual reality experience combines moving image, sound and interactive design to create a deeply engaging way to immerse visitors in the world of da Vinci’s as well as bringing to life decades of conservation research and data, including infrared scans. Transporting the viewer through time, the experience unveils insights into how the artwork was originally created, how it might have looked in the past, and how it has changed over 500 years.

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