A-list stars, menstruating superheroes in Cannes VR competitors

A-list stars, menstruating superheroes in Cannes VR competitors

  CANNES, France, Could 15, 2024 (BSS/AFP) – From a voyage via the human

physique with Cate Blanchett, to a feminist superhero satire that includes large

tampons and octopus demons, the Cannes Movie Competition launches its first

competitors for digital actuality movies on Wednesday.

Blanchett, Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell are among the many A-list expertise

connected to initiatives within the “Immersive” part, a brand new enterprise for the

world’s most well-known movie pageant, which is presently happening within the

south of France.

Eight VR movies will compete for a brand new award recognising the quickly rising

medium, together with “Maya: The Delivery of a Superhero”, which takes viewers on a

surreal and interactive journey via puberty and the various international stigmas

surrounding menstruation.

It places the viewers within the function of a younger South Asian lady as she navigates

a London classroom filled with bullying youngsters, a confrontation together with her

mom in her bed room and varied mystical dreamscapes.

Indian-born director Poulomi Basu stated immersing individuals via a VR headset

was the “excellent option to inform the story”.

“The expertise of each lady of coming into your femininity and womanhood is

a really isolating expertise — one that’s claustrophobic, one that’s



“To come across disgrace in such a detailed proximity… we really feel like we matched the

medium and the message completely.”

However the expertise permits audiences to make use of their arms to struggle again,

capturing hearth at villains who’re each human and demon in a movie that “makes use of

the superhero trope virtually as a satire”.

“We wished this to be the final phrase on superhero-origin tales, interval,”

stated co-director C.J. Clarke.

– Hollywood voices –

Elsewhere, Blanchett narrates “Evolver”, which takes viewers on an summary

journey via the human physique.

Chastain’s voice accompanies the viewers into and thru a black gap in

area in “Spheres”, whereas Farrell narrates a conflict between man and zombie in

“Gloomy Eyes”.

Cannes’ introduction of the brand new part comes seven years after Mexican

auteur Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu showcased the groundbreaking “Carne y

Area” on the pageant.

A digital actuality set up that took viewers on the harrowing migrant

path via the Sonoran desert into the US, “Carne y Area”

later gained a particular Oscar.

Different main festivals, together with Venice, have already got established sections

for immersive movie.

Basu stated it was “huge” that Cannes was now giving the burgeoning medium

its personal area and monetary help.

“I feel Cannes accepts that it’s a cinematographic artwork type… it wants its

personal celebration,” she stated.


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