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Must-See French Films, Series and XR Experiences at Sundance

Solastalgia by Antoine Viviani and Pierre-Alain Giraud

Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the United States, takes place from January 23rd through February 2nd, 2020, in Park City, Utah, and includes screenings of 17 films, series, and XR experiences produced or directed by French filmmakers. These works will be presented in the context of international competitions.

In 2019, two French VR projects were presented as part of the festival's New Frontier Exhibitions. This year, three French productions or collaborations will be featured in that category. Atlas V, the French VR production company, will present Atomu, a collective VR experience. Antoine Viviani and Pierre-Alain Giraud will present Solastalgia, the largest AR installation at Sundance. And Spaced Out by Pierre Friquet will invite participants to virtually float in water. These three projects are supported by French Immersion, our program to increase the visibility of French AR/VR projects and immersive experiences and their prominence in the United States. 

Read about all of the French productions screening at Sundance below! 


New Frontier Exhibitions

Atomu by Shariffa Ali & Yetunde Dad, produced by Atlas V

In this pioneering participatory movement piece, seven people gather around a sacred tree—the cyclical center of a Kenyan Kikuyu tribal myth—where if one walks around the tree seven times, a man may become a woman and a woman may become a man. Suddenly, out from the bushes jumps Wacici, a person who has come to find the most honest version of themselves. Together, you will ascend with Wacici on this journey.

Solastalgia by Antoine Viviani & Pierre-Alain Giraud

You are one of five cosmonauts visiting a mysterious future, exploring the surface of a depopulated planet in ruin, colonized by lichens and a strange cloud of data filling the land with human ghosts. What does this curious landscape tell us about our lives? Projecting into the future of the Anthropocene epoch, Solastalgia is a meditation on today’s tensions between the potentially redemptive power of technology and the scientific forecast of a compromised future.

Spaced Out by Pierre Friquet aka Pyaré

Bring your swimsuit to the pool at Festival Headquarters, where an underwater VR headset and snorkel awaits to transport you aboard a voyage from Earth to the moon. Sutu’s viscerally crafted colorscape combines with archival recordings of the Apollo 11 mission to create this magic trick that takes you on an extraordinary journey within—floating in the water with VR goggles becomes a space simulation as the absence of gravity immerses all the senses.


Film screenings

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Cuties by Maïmouna Doucouré 
Jumbo by Zoé Wittock (pictured above) 

The Father by Florian Zeller - Drama 
Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind by Laurent Bouzereau - Documentary 

World Cinema Documentary Competition
Epicentro by Hubert Sauper

And Then We Danced by Levan Akin
The Weeping Woman by Jayro Bustamante

Indie Episodic 

Laetitia by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (pictured above) 


Olla by Ariane Labed (pictured above) 
So What If the Goats Die by Sofia Alaoui
Sh_t happens by Michaela Mihalyi and David Štumpf 
My Juke-Box by Florentine Grelier
While I'm Still Breathing (Tandis Que Je Respire Encore) by Laure Giappiconi, Elisa Monteil & La Fille Renne
Inès by Élodie Dermange