This year’s on Cannes Film Festival, organizers for the first time incorporated a VR project in its Official Selection.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Carne y Arena," by the Oscar-winning director of "Birdman" and "The Revenant," is a multi-stage encounter that incorporates a VR film; it is so sprawling the celebration introduced it in a plane shelter 20 minutes outside downtown Cannes. The venture has both Hollywood bona fides — it was somewhat financed by the studio heavyweight Legendary Entertainment — and the stamp of the art house group, for which Cannes is a blessed site.
"Carne y Arena" recounts the narrative of Latin American workers endeavoring to cross into the United States through the Arizona betray when they are gotten by U.S. specialists. Iñárritu and his successive cinematography teammate Emmanuel Lubezki, who passes by "Chivo," located real people who endured the agonizing excursion and had them reenact it on camera; they then shot their stories with VR's 360-degree clear and in-your-face direness.
“During the past four years in which this project has been growing in my mind, I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing many Mexican and Central American refugees,” Iñárritu said in a statement. “Their life stories haunted me, so I invited some of them to collaborate with me in the project.”
The filmmaker added, “My intention was to experiment with VR technology to explore the human condition in an attempt to break the dictatorship of the frame—within which things are just observed—and claim the space to allow the visitor to go through a direct experience walking in the immigrants’ feet, under their skin, and into their hearts.”