Poulomi Basu: Fireflies/Maya review: powerful visions from mother-and-daughter survivors of male violence

Artist-activist Poulomi Basu has made a genre-bending playable artwork/ interactive virtual reality/ immersive animated film about a menstruating superhero, Maya. It would be easy to scoff at this, but Maya: The Birth of a Superhero, co-directed by Basu’s longtime collaborator CJ Clarke, is a fun and poignant coming-of-age romp that is genuinely empowering. Part superhero satire, part psychological thriller, Maya takes the participatory genre in a bold new direction.

Bertrand Mandico's She Is Conann selected for Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight

Following his selection in Venice’s 2017 Critics’ Week via The Wild Boys [+] (the winner of the 2018 Louis-Delluc Prize for Best First Film, which was also nominated for the 2019 Lumières Awards in the same category) and in competition in Locarno 2021 via After Blue [+], Bertrand Mandico will soon be stepping onto the Croisette to take part in the 55th Directors’ Fortnight (unspooling 17 – 26 May within the 76th Cannes Film Festival) by way of his 3rd feature film She Is Conann.

“I realised that, in a virtual environment, I needed to give the dancers more conceptual content”

I spoke with Gilles Jobin, dancer, choreographer and technologist, about his company’s extraordinary work in the live performance space. Compagnie Gilles Jobin is working on a VR project called SUNSET MOTEL with Swiss illustrator, Thomas Ott, that is currently in development for 2023. The project employs motion capture technology combined with traditional illustrations to create a unique form of recorded VR experience.

The 10 Coolest VR/AR Experiences From SXSW 2022

GOLIATH Goliath is incredibly colorful with images that immerse you deep in the struggles of mental illness. Goliath is a powerful example of how VR can be used for good. Minimum Mass Directors Raqi Syed and Areito Echevarria balance mystery and humanity in this beautifully-crafted VR film. To watch this work is to witness a beautiful burden.

Floréal Films : une société en pleine éclosion

"Je voulais mettre en avant des auteurs portés par un désir de raconter des histoires fortes graphiquement et je souhaitais valoriser l’identité propre de chaque artiste que je défends. Je cherche des formes de cinéma très marquées, soit par le genre, soit par le format."

Venice VR Expanded : Venise en… Montréal

C’est à ce moment que le récit narré par Anne Dorval dans la version française commence. À quoi pense un bourreau quand il rentre chez lui à la maison ? Une prémisse inspirée d’un poème de Carl Sandburg.