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KINO Virtual Reality is terug, nu met een speciaal IDFA-programma. Vanaf 17 februari tot en met 11 maart kun je op zaterdag en zondag weer kijken naar twee verschillende VR experiences die tijdens het festival te zien waren. Zodra je deze bril opzet kun je 360 graden om je heen kijken en beleef je alles in 3D, je waant je dus in een compleet andere wereld. Een van onze collega’s zal je ophalen bij de kassa en je instrueren over de VR-experience.

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The Last Chair – Fred (15min)
On an isolated farm in the Dutch province of Drenthe, the elderly Egbert is living out his last days. He has neither TV nor internet, and his only contact with current affairs is the newspaper he lays on the table under his pan of kale. It seems an empty existence, but this VR documentary gives viewers the chance to leave behind the bustle of everyday life, explore Egbert’s living room or garden and see life from a different point of view. Egbert is content with his life, unlike Fred, the protagonist of a second short film in The Last Chair. This terminally ill ex-hippie left his family for a solitary existence in France. He’s as composed and self-sufficient as Egbert, but he finds it hard to enjoy life because he’s haunted by the bad choices he has made. In this 360-degree project, we experience a calm that’s rarely seen in the modern world—at the same time, we are silent witnesses of lives drawing to an end.

Bloodless (12min)
Bloodless is a 12minute VR film that deals with camp town sex workers for US army stationed in South Korea since the 1950s. The film traces the last living moments of a real-life sex worker who was brutally murdered by a US soldier at the Dongducheon Camptown in South Korea in 1992. Portraying the last hours of her life in the camp town, the VR film transposes a historical and political issue into a personal and concrete experience. This film was shot on location where the crime took place, bringing to light ongoing experiences at the 96 camp towns near or around the US military bases.

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The Last Chair – Egbert (20min)
On an isolated farm in the Dutch province of Drenthe, the elderly Egbert is living out his last days. He has neither TV nor internet, and his only contact with current affairs is the newspaper he lays on the table under his pan of kale. It seems an empty existence, but this VR documentary gives viewers the chance to leave behind the bustle of everyday life, explore Egbert’s living room or garden and see life from a different point of view. Egbert is content with his life, unlike Fred, the protagonist of a second short film in The Last Chair. This terminally ill ex-hippie left his family for a solitary existence in France. He’s as composed and self-sufficient as Egbert, but he finds it hard to enjoy life because he’s haunted by the bad choices he has made. In this 360-degree project, we experience a calm that’s rarely seen in the modern world—at the same time, we are silent witnesses of lives drawing to an end.

Potato Dreams (6min)
How do you tell the story of a Russian mother and son who fled their harsh existence in the Soviet Union to build a new life in the United States? You could use interviews, archive footage or reenactments, or you could do something completely new. Director Wes Hurley chose virtual reality. In the short documentary Potato Dreams, the mother and son discuss homophobia and Russian prisons, while we are free to explore the surrounding images. Turn around and you see four different tableaus, each with depictions of the prevailing melancholy, fear and pain. Or look up to discover that you’re in a box that’s being closed by a malevolent figure. There’s a lot happening at once, which makes it hard to grasp the story, but it’s precisely this chaos that Hurley wants to convey. As a final calm image fills the entire 360 degrees, we arrive at the peace that the mother and her son have been seeking for so long.