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Tribeca film festival is a prominent staple in film aficionado's calendar, particularly well known for its promotion of independent film and filmmakers.
The festival has recently announced their 2019 "immersive lineup," which focuses on "the intersection of storytelling and technology." Over 30 immersive experiences will be on offer at this year's edition of the festival - including two from Luxembourg.
The lineup includes both movies and more immersive and interactive virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. To give you an idea of what's on offer more broadly, attendees will be give the opportunity to visit fantastical places such as an adventure into a time-warping dream bubble (Future Dreaming), or bravely explore an alien jungle in Bonfire.
The biggest attraction for many, however, will probably be the first-ever Doctor Who experience in VR, called Doctor Who: The Runaway. It features voice acting by the current (and first-ever female) Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. Fans of history on podcasts may also want to check out War Remains, an immersive historical experience made in collaboration with Dan Carlin of 'Hardcore History'-fame.
“It has been a wild ride seeing how artists and filmmakers have responded to new technologies over the years, constantly pushing and prodding and exploring the edges of things in order to make beautiful and vital work,” said Ingrid Kopp, co-curator of Tribeca Immersive.
Entries from Luxembourg
Luxembourg will be represented by two experiences in the "virtual arcade": 7 Lives, and Ayahuasca.
7 Lives is a Luxembourgish, French and Belgian production. The creators describe it as follows:
"An afternoon in June. Tokyo. 5 p.m. A girl jumps in front of the subway. Her soul rises from the rails. On the platform, the six people who witnessed the scene are in shock. It revived a trauma in them, painful memories they never overcame."
It is a film written by Charles Ayats and Sabrina Calvo, directed by Jan Kounen, with funding from (among others) Film Fund Luxembourg.
Ayahuasca, meanwhile, is a French and Luxembourgish production. Like 7 Lives, it's was created by Jan Kounen. They describe the experience as follows:
"Participants are immersed in visions triggered by those of ayahuasca. The spectator lives through director Jan Kounen's eyes as he travels on a spiritual voyage."
You may also be interested in Jan Kounen's ayahuasca documentary.