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Digital creations : Looking at the world differently

They are fresh, free and diverse. French digital creations are making their mark on the internet, where they're gaining a wider audience and greater renown every day. Their success is down to their boldness, inventiveness and willingness to break the rules and reinvent the genre. There’s something to suit all tastes and ages, from documentary and fictional web series to virtual reality, tactile graphic novels, and storytelling, play-based and educational apps. By leveraging the practices of the digital age and tapping into the essence of the web and social media, digital creations are diversifying, finding new ways of communicating with and looking at the world.

30 oeuvres numériques à découvrir
The Institut Français in partnership with PXN,
the association of independent new media producers, invites you to explore a selection of thirty digital works produced by PXN members and based on four key themes: Looking Elsewhere, Looking at the Earth, Looking to the Future and Looking Together.
These unique works encourage you to look at the world differently.

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LOOKING ELSEWHERE

On the internet, you’re just a click away from anyone and anything. You have the ability to go virtually wherever you want; to travel through space and time. Using a language of their own, digital creations expand our perception of other people and places by showing us far-flung destinations, bygone eras and forgotten characters.

Let’s head to South Africa to discover an unsung hero in the struggle against apartheid, to Panama to meet a boxing genius who didn’t care for his sport, or to Guatamala to hear what the future holds for a reformed gang member. Let's travel to the United States, Iran and elsewhere overseas, where surprising encounters and heartfelt tales await.

These testimonies from around the world make other cultures, stories and geographies accessible to us. They stimulate our imaginations by taking us somewhere less well known, or even unknown.

image de Panama al Brown, l’énigme de la force
Panama al Brown

 He's a forgotten legend from Panama—a sportsman who cared nothing for his sport. Come and find out why it's said that boxing is a jealous woman.

It’s the story of an amazing boxer—a world featherweight champion—who hated his sport and was the talk of Paris in the 1930s. Directed by Camille Duvelleroy and based on an original screenplay by Jacques Goldstein, this interactive comic book tells the incredible story of Alfonso Teofilo Brown as he makes his way from the Colon docks in Panama to the bars of Harlem and the clubs of Pigalle. A sportsman who preferred champagne and opium to punch bags, he was also a talented musician who became Jean Cocteau’s protégé. His ring was the dance floor, which you discover through the musical ambience of the period.
 

Format: interactive comic book
Directed by: Camille Duvelleroy
Written by: Jacques Goldstein, Alex W. Inker and Camille Duvelleroy
Produced by: Bachibouzouk and Arte France
Languages: French and English

Panama al Brown, l’énigme de la force
Crédits
BACHIBOUZOUK

Another boxing match awaits you, this time in a courtroom. It's the apartheid trial of an extraordinary man in South Africa, and it's as if you were there...

Accused #2: Walter Sisulu
Accused #2 : Walter Sisulu

The name of Nelson Mandala is engraved in the history books, but this virtual reality experience honours another hero in the fight against apartheid: Walter Sisulu. Using recovered sound archives from the Rivonia trial held in the middle of the 1960s, Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte have created an animated 360° documentary with spacialised sound that brings to life the epic confrontation between Mandela's mentor and a formidable racist and zealous prosecutor. It's a tense stand-off, during which the protagonists trade blow for blow. No images of this extraordinary testimony existed previously.

Format: virtual reality animated documentary
Written and directed by: Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte
Produced by: La Générale de Production
Languages: French and English

Accused #2: Walter Sisulu

Do you know what a bottle in the sea of Web 2.0 looks like? Young people from the West Indies and Polynesia confide their dreams and hopes for the(ir) future world. There's a message to be had!

Cher futur moi Outre-mer
Dear future me
Web series
“When I grow up I want to be…”
Who hasn’t said that? In this documentary web series, Irvin Anneix has chosen to interview young people from French overseas communities who confide to the camera where they see themselves in ten years’ time. We hear the dreams and fears of a connected generation that bring us back to ourselves, the path we have taken and the one we have yet to take. This experience has been designed, produced and disseminated via social media. Far from being fleeting, their words resonate as evidence of a present we can learn from now, and which will be interesting to revisit in ten years’ time.

Format: documentary web series
Directed by: Irvin Anneix
Produced by: Narrative
Languages: French
CHER FUTUR MOI OUTREMER
CHER FUTUR MOI OUTREMER

Free, independent, carefree and lighthearted: Iranian young people are seen on social media “without a filter” through cliché-free photography.

documentaire Iran #Nofilter
Iran #Nofilter

Web series, documentary

Drawing on the creativity of social media to make a documentary web series was the challenge taken up by Valérie Urréa and Nathalie Masduraud. The two French directors trawled Instagram to find young photographers in Iran. Kiana, Negar, Ako and Nafise are all under 30. They live with an eye firmly focused on their goal and show us the desires and disenchantment of young people in search of their identify and freedom. Ten different outlooks that paint a passionate and kaleidoscopic portrait of contemporary Iran.

Format: documentary web series
Written and directed by: Nathalie Masduraud and Valérie Urréa
Produced by: Darjeeling
Languages: Persian with French, English, Spanish and Polish subtitles

He has set himself an unlikely challenge: to find two global music stars and convince them to get back on stage. And the man trying to blend into American rap culture is French! Quite a long shot...

Lost in Traplanta
Lost in Traplanta
web series
Documentary
This docu-fiction web series takes us into the heart of America’s rap capital, Atlanta. We're guided by Larry, a slightly odd Frenchman who’s a little awkward and ill-informed but very motivated. He has to find two legendary singers and convince them to pick up the microphone again. The people he meets along the way open our eyes to a thriving (counter)culture. Whether or not his mission succeeds, the character of Larry—created by the director Mathieu Rochet—shows himself to be a wonderful travelling companion.


Format: documentary web series
Written and directed by: Mathieu Rochet
Produced by: Resistance Films
Languages: French and English
Lost in Traplanta
Lost in Traplanta
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LOOKING AT THE EARTH

If our planet’s history were to be summarised in a thousand-page book, humans would only take up a few lines at the end. Before us, one giant animal was replaced by another and landscapes were transformed. But finally we took over, for better or for worse.

There is no longer any doubt that our activities are having an impact on climate change. Of course there are sceptics, but this environmental emergency is now everyone’s concern, shared here through the medium of digital creation.

Just looking at the beauty of the world around us is enough to convince us of the urgent need to preserve it. It’s time to think up and create other possibilities for our environment, both on our own doorstep and on the other side of the world, Maybe Earth is less an inheritance from our parents and more a loan to our children?

 

Les géants disparus
Lost Giants

Virtual reality allows us to reconstruct things that have disappeared; for example, the world before humankind. So, if you've never met a baluchitherium or a megalodon before, now’s your chance!

The world of giants did not disappear with the dinosaurs. For 60 million years, some extraordinary animals inhabited the Earth. Although we are familiar with whales and elephants, we know a lot less about baluchiteriums and megalodons, which are now extinct. But virtual reality changes all that! Eric Ellena, Luc Reder and Arnaud Poujol immerse us in a bygone space and time to show us what life was like and why these amazing creatures disappeared. The device also allows you to walk in the shoes of a palaeontologist and explore the mysteries of the past.

Format: virtual reality experience
Directed by: Luc Reder
Produced by: French Connection and Chuck Production
Languages: French

 

Les grands disparus

To agree on the need to save the environment, we have to agree on the current state of play. “There are no seasons any more!” True or false? Answer in data visualisation form.

Data Science vs Fake
Data Science vs Fake
web series
Documentary
“Sorting waste is a waste of time.” “Melting ice causes sea levels to rise.” “The internet is non-polluting.” How can we tell fact from fiction? And how can we challenge preconceived ideas about the environment? This data visualisation web series aims to replace rumours with data science. Directed by Pascal Goblot, it deciphers and translates complex phenomena into animated images that are visually appealing and scientifically accurate. The project reflects our relationship with the environment while pricking our collective conscience.
Format: documentary web series
Directed by: Pascal Goblot
Produced by: Escalenta
Languages: French and English
Data Science vs Fake
Data Science vs Fake

“Human activities are in no way responsible for climate change.” Fake news is here to stay. So, how about a YouTuber shining the light of truth on the environment?

Planet detox avec Léo Grasset de Dirty Biology
Planet Detox
Web series
Documentary
His name is Léo Grasset but we also know him by his YouTube channel name: Dirty Biology. Having successfully popularised science, this writer and filmmaker appears in this documentary web series to try to unpack tricky issues related to biodiversity, global warming, food, recycling and the disappearance of animal species. He's the poster boy for scientific truth in the face of all the conspiracies that thrive on the internet.

Format: documentary web series
Directed by: Léo Grasset and Simon Dronet
Produced by: Goldenia Studios
Languages: French
Planet Detox
Planet Detox

The revolution has begun. Another world (of wine) is possible—one without pesticides. By the way, did you know that a bottle of wine can be translated into music notes?

Punkovino de Yoann Le Gruiec
Punkovino
web series
Documentary
A tour of Europe to meet “wine punks”: men and women who have set themselves the challenge of creating the most natural wines possible. From Georgia to Germany and the Balearic Islands, they all reject chemical additives, intensive production methods and rigid appellations. This web series written by Tina Meyer and directed by Yoann Le Gruiec shares the bold vision of these winemakers, who are replacing the cold, scientific language of the sommelier with the beautiful, lively language of music. An original and joyful way to celebrate these wines without using words.

Format: documentary web series
Directed by: Yoann Le Gruiec
Written by: Tina Meyer
Produced by: IKO
Languages: German and French
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Punkovino, de Tina Meyer et Yoann Le Gruiec
Punkovino © IKO
Punkovino, de Tina Meyer et Yoann Le Gruiec
Punkovino

Music where you least expect it—in the Far North. Virtually alone on the ice, a musician seeks inspiration and captures the beauty of the world before it melts before our eyes.

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It has been said that music warms your body and soul, and this maxim has been put to the test in the furthest reaches of Greenland. The electronic music producer Molécule set out to capture the sounds and vibrations of the Arctic to compose his latest work. Inspired by this adventure, the virtual reality experience designed with Jan Kounen and Amaury La Burthe gives us a fascinating insight into the sources of musical creation and the fragile beauty of the world. This transmedia project also includes a documentary and a 360° interactive live session designed for domes and planetariums.

Format: virtual reality experience
Directed by: Jan Kounen, Molécule and Amaurie La Burthe
Produced by: Zorba
Languages: French and English

- 22,7°C

This slightly warmer and more poetic version of the Rhine reveals some incredibly beautiful natural phenomena. Take a breath. And put on your mask!

Immersion en eau phréatique VR
Immersion in the rhine freshwater

Diving into unknown ecosystems to highlight their beauty and fragility is the mission of biologist Serge Dumont and Benoît Lichté in this 360° film. The two directors lead us through the phreatic waters of the Rhine basin. Fresh, crystal clear and under threat, they’re home to some incredible ecological nests. As surprising as the sand that bubbles up with the water pressure, this fascinating world is shown to us through the medium of an immersive documentary, encouraging us to protect its exceptional fauna and flora.

Format: virtual reality experience
Directed by: Serge Dumont and Benoît Lichté
Produced by: Seppia Interactive
Languages: French

 

Immersion en eau phréatique

Come on, let's enjoy some fresh air and fun traversing the tarmac on two wheels. Not only is cycling enjoyable and eco-friendly, it’s also a philosophy and a way of life!

En selle
Ride the City

Web serie, documentary

Bicycles are taking over the streets, and it’s not just in Copenhagen that city dwellers have fallen in love with them. It's a massive phenomenon—a global passion for pedalling—captured in this documentary web series directed by Marc-Aurèle Vecchione. Racer, BMX, trials, fixed gear, mountain bike... each type has its own history, fans and practices. Here, some of the most iconic players in the cycling renaissance share their passion, which is also a philosophy and sometimes an art.

Format: documentary web series
Written and directed by: Marc-Aurèle Vecchione
Produced by: Temps Noir and Résistance Films
Languages: English and French

Before you act, take the time to reflect and ask yourself what a desirable environment would look like. “Draw me the world after.” You have 133 pencil strokes. Go?

Il est temps
Time to question

“Let's draw the future together!” This programme’s objective was achieved in stages. First, an interactive questionnaire with 133 questions, to understand how we see the world now and in the future. The answers were then analysed by a group of sociologists and several documentary films were made. The challenge was to design—and build—a desirable environment that addresses our greatest concerns. Filmmakers and activists also share how they would like to bring about change to collectively design the world after.
 

Format: documentary web series
Written and directed by: Margaux Missika, Alexandre Brachet, Christophe Nick and Chris Schepard
Produced by: Upian, Yami2, Arte France and NHK/NHK World
Languages: French, English, German and Japanese

Il est temps - épisode 1

The “world after” could easily have been written on an Earth without humanity. The planet has become inhabitable and our descendants are living in other galaxies. Science fiction? Decide for yourself.

expérience en réalité virtuelle, héritage de Benjamin Nuel
Legacy

In the distant future, Earth is uninhabitable. Humans have left to colonise other solar systems. Access is now strictly controlled. In this virtual reality film created by Benjamin Nuel, the viewer becomes Jean Jones—a mercenary financed by a scientist and a cult priestess—who arrives illegally on Earth to explore a mysterious archaeological excavation site. The object of their quest is the burial site of Luke, the prophet of the main interstellar religion. A little science fiction can be useful when it comes to imagining what (after) tomorrow might be like if nothing changes.
 

Format: virtual reality experience
Written and directed by: Benjamin Nuel
Produced by: Honkytonk Films and Les Produits Frais
Languages: French
 

Héritages

If you were asked what it means to be human, what would you say? If you were asked to sum up people in one word, which word would you choose? Exterminators?

Une espèce à part, websérie, documentaire
Insignificant

Insignificant. That’s how people rate on planetary scale. From infinitely large to infinitely small, this animated web series places people in a universe they’ve never been the centre of. With a powerful aesthetic and precise narrative, it describes humankind as quite an ordinary species. Of course we did invent morality, science, art and politics, but what sets us apart is our ability to irreversibly destroy our environment. This breathtaking spectacle of a programme was designed by Franck Courchamp, a researcher at the CNRS, and Clément Morin, a director specialising in motion design.

Format: documentary web series
Directed by: Clément Morin and Franck Courchamp
Written by: Franck Courchamp
Produced by: Lumento, Duck Factory
Languages: French, English and German

Une espèce à part
Phallaina
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

When you’re young, you feel like the world belongs to you. The possibilities seem endless, but you have to make choices and decisions that will shape your future. Many of the people depicted in the digital works you're about to see are at a crossroads in their lives. Which path should they take? Follow them to find out.

Youth also comes with commitments. Commitments to friends, lovers, passions and convictions. Thanks to the internet, today's voices can be broadcast around the world at loudspeaker volume. The new generation makes its civic, political, environmental and social concerns very clear. These big societal issues are a worry, and they’re watching us.

Let’s listen to their viewpoints: they have their feet firmly in the present and their heads turned resolutely towards the future. They are shaping their tomorrow's world before our very eyes.

Moi j'attends de Claire Sichez, film d'animation
I can't wait

It’s the story of a little line that comes alive when you touch it; a simple pencil stroke that any child could draw anywhere in the world. It's a red thread that has a lot to say and is waiting patiently for you…


This app is a tactile story of life symbolised by a red thread that unravels, becomes taut, lengthens and unwinds constantly to the end. From childhood to old age, life is laid out in a series of expectations—big and small—that punctuate its journey. Adapted from the graphic novel by Serge Bloch and Davide Cali, this tactile storytelling experience alternates between animated sequences and interactive options that keep the story alive. It's an ode to poetry and life, directed by Claire Sichez and based on an interactive screenplay by Camille Duvelleroy.

Format: app and animated film
Directed by: Claire Sichez
Adapted from the novel by: Serge Bloch and Davide Cali
Produced by: Bachibouzouk
Languages: English and French

Whether or not you like “summer series”, this one will surprise you. It’s a love story about young people (which is already pretty good), but the surprise twist is that it's a palindromic comic book disseminated via social media. Want to share?

été BD sur instagram
Summer

Abel and Olivia are a seemingly happy couple who decide to separate one summer to cross things off their bucket list. Their adventures are the subject of Instagram's very first comic book soap opera, developed by Camille Duvelleroy, co-written by Thomas Cadène and Joseph Safieddine and illustrated by Erwann Surcouf. Published at a rate of one episode per day for two months (for the first season), the experience has a surprise in store. Like its title, it is built around palindromes. In other words, it can be read in both directions with, of course, different meanings to be inferred.

Format: Comic book soap opera on Instagram
Written and directed by: Thomas Cadène, Joseph Saffiedine, Erwann Surcouf and Camille Duvelleroy
Produced by: Bigger than Fiction and Arte
Languages: French

 

Été

There's something different about Audrey: she suffers from hallucinations and can hold her breath for long periods. You might be wondering what the connection is? You’ll have to read this amazing “scrolling” comic book to find out! Ready to take the plunge?

Phallaina de Marietta Ren
Phallaina

Audrey regularly encounters huge sperm whales in her daily life. To cure her hallucinations, this young translator must undergo a series of examinations that take her far beyond her expectations—on a journey to the limits of cognitive science and mythology that viewers can follow by scrolling through the images in this black and white graphic novel. Marietta Ren’s first “scrolling” comic book is available for tablets and smartphones. Reading time: approx. 90 minutes. It has also been turned into an imposing 130-metre-long physical installation with interactive sound. A comic book without precedent you can enjoy in bite-size cinematic pieces.

Format: digital graphic novel
Written and directed by: Marietta Ren
Produced by: Small Bang and France TV
Languages: French

Phallaina

Elliot has reached a crossroads in his life. On the right is an extraordinary adventure. On the left is a safer, more comfortable path. “Don’t give up your dreams on a rainy night,” we read… 

Emma
Emma

Elliot has an appointment with Emma. Emma C-847 to be precise, the closest habitable planet to our solar system. But Elliot has doubts. Should he fulfil his childhood dream by climbing into the waiting space shuttle? He finally makes his decision in a bus shelter after a conversation with a stranger. This animated graphic novel—part science fiction, part personal account—was devised by Frédéric Jamain and Nicolas Pelloille and co-written with Benjamin Charbit. It was inspired by the visual novel, an (interactive) genre somewhere between a book and a video game that’s making waves in Japan.
 

Format: animated graphic novel
Directed by: Frédéric Jamain and Nicolas Pelloille
Produced by: Cinétévé Expérience and Hiver Prod
Languages: French and English

 

Emma

Sometimes when we grow up, we leave our dreams by the side of the road. Raphaël always thought he would be a professional dancer and now he's a film director. Here, both his passions come together as one. Let's dance!

 

Les promesses du sol de Raphaël Stora
Grounds

From improvised hip-hop battles to on-stage groups, Raphaël Stora has one obsession: to film, archive and document the journey of a generation of street dancers who leave an imprint of their unique style behind them. Looking back at his teenage years, he offers us both an insight into a thriving counter-culture and a sincere and sensitive autobiographical account. The 8 episodes that make up this documentary web series have been collated into a 44-minute film available on the internet.
 

Format: documentary web series
Directed by: Raphaël Stora
Produced by: Darjeeling and Arte France
Languages: French and English

Les promesses n’engagent que ceux qui y croient, dit-on. Un célèbre YouTuber en panne d’inspiration entrevoit le bout du tunnel grâce à un algorithme secret qui lui garantit de retrouver le succès. Mais il est aussi très compromettant. Pouce en l’air ou pouce à terre ?...

Preview de Emilien Paron avec Bertrand Usclat, Charlotte Hervieux, Benoit Pestel
Preview
Web series
Fictional
What will the world of YouTubers look like in the near future? That's the question this fictional web series directed by Emilien Paron asks—and tries to answer. The idea is this: a famous video maker has lost his drive and creativity. As a result, he can no longer satisfy his fans. It’s a nightmare for him, but the platform's secret feature might be able to save him. It’s a very useful algorithm, but it’s also very intrusive. Just how far are we willing to go to succeed? That’s another question asked by this 8-episode series starring Bertrand Usclat and Charlotte Hervieux.

Format: web series
Directed by: Emilien Paron
Written by: Emilien Parron, with the collaboration of Sarah Andrès
Produced by: Rose Mécanique and Camille Ghanassia
Languages: French
Preview
Preview

No writer's block here when it comes to the news! Not satisfied with waiting to be noticed, young French-speakers are making themselves heard all over the world with their engaging reports. It's enough to cause quite a stir on your screen.

Les haut-parleurs de Claire Leproust Maroko
Loud speakers
Web serie
Reporter
It's the world’s first network of young French-speaking reporters. From Quebec to Africa and Europe, they are the loudspeakers of their generation, tackling subjects they feel strongly about like the environment, refugees, women, children's rights and drugs. They also share their tastes, cultures and world views. In 2019, more than 400 reports had been produced and broadcast on various platforms, sometimes with limited means but always with the courage of their convictions.

Format: web series
Directed by: Claire Leproust Maroko
Produced by: Fablabchannel
Languages: French
Les haut-parleurs
Les haut-parleurs

Having met the Loud speakers, here are a couple of smooth talkers. They're small but made of sturdy stuff. And they're sharp. A girl and a boy who come to life on our screens to make us laugh—and think. They make fun of the world, and we’d like to hear more.

installation en réalité augmentée Les Anooki de Moetu Batlle et David Passegand
Anooki

Once upon a time there were the Anooki: two animated characters straight from the imagination of designers Moetu Batlle and David Passegand. Their ice has melted and they've been propelled into a series of short videos, where they reflect on our world with delightful cheek. Anything goes, from arms trafficking and the Ebola virus to the French national assembly, Game of Thrones and Candy Crush. Although sometimes critical and caustic, these two partners in crime are still super cute. They also enjoy escaping from our screens to create mischievous video-mapping shows on iconic buildings.

Format: augmented reality films and installation
Directed by: Moetu Batlle and David Passegand
Produced by: Aglagla
Languages: French

Les Anooki
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LOOKING TOGETHER

In a democracy, sovereign people theoretically have the ability to freely appoint their representatives. In practice, the process is not always transparent and sometimes anything goes in the pursuit of political ends.

From a web series that takes us to one of the most corrupt countries in the world to an investigation into the fierce struggle for influence between Kremlin trolls and citizen hackers and an interactive work of fiction about the French elections, these digital creations question our political systems and the role of the internet in our democracies.

While they sometimes offer a bitter indictment of our societies, they also question our history, forge links and strengthen our unity. They help us envisage other worlds, so we can see our own in a different light.

L'autre élection documentaire de Igal Kohen
L'autre élection

In 2012, almost half the world's population was called upon to renew its confidence in its leaders. Elections were held in France, the United States, India and... Papua New Guinea. Yes, people also vote in Papua New Guinea.

A campaign is about to begin in a remote province of Papua New Guinea. This web documentary by Igal Kohen plunges us into the electoral practices of one of the most corrupt countries in the world through a series of six portraits. In these six tragi-comic fables, each leader is seeking the shortest route to power using unusual methods and pockets filled with promises and gifts. The short films are linked together by mini video games in the form of interactive postcards.
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Format: documentary web series
Directed by: Igal Kohen
Written by: Estelle Koenig, Nicolas Garnier and Igal Kohen
Produced by: IKO
Languages: French

L'autre élection

You are the spectator whispering into the hero’s ear. You are guiding the President of the Republic through the final negotiations for the Olympic Games. What sport!

Tantale, film interactif de Gilles Porte
Tantale

In the hushed corridors of the hotel, talks are held, promises are made and secrets are speculated upon. The President of the French Republic is trying to win the hosting of the next Olympic Games. That’s two GDP points! And in this interactive work of fiction by Gilles Porte, you are the one guiding the head of state through the final negotiations and you are the one making the strategic decisions with him. You steer the story from your computer or smartphone based on what you hear in your left or right headphone. A closed-set film with 5 possible endings and 25 ways to get there.
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Format: interactive film
Directed by: Gilles Porte
Produced by: La Générale de Production
Languages: French

Tantale

Does Russia owe winning the hosting of the Sotchi Olympics in 2014 to its troll factories? Let's find out! In any case, they're going for broke on the Moscow web and it's no joke.

Runet, documentaire de Tania Rakhmanova
Runet
Web serie
Documentary
Who will win the battle of the Russian internet: the famous “Runet”? This non-sequential web series (you can watch the episodes in any order you like) takes us to meet Vladimir Putin's supporters and opponents, as well as those who use the internet as a medium for discussion, freedom or mutual support. Directed by Tania Rakhmanova before the 2018 presidential election, this snapshot of contemporary Russia gives us a glimpse into a world of cyber militias, pro-Putin trolls and citizen hackers. Will their activism give citizens any more freedom? No-one can say.

Format: documentary web series
Directed by: Tania Rakhmanova
Produced by: Seppia
Languages: Russian and French
Runet, la bataille de l'internet russe
Runet, la bataille de l'internet russe

Does the web benefit humanity or is it a tyrant? Does it make us happier or are we its slaves? And all these connected objects are so useful, aren’t they? Well, no.

L'internet de tout et n'importe quoi de Brett GAYLOR
L'internet de tout et n'importe quoi
web series
Documentary
In just a few decades, the internet has become part of our lives to the point we can't live without it. This revolution brought with it the hope of emancipation and freedom, but cyberspace seems to be turning against us. In this documentary web series, Brett Gaylor examines the many implications of the emergence of connected objects in our daily lives. Virtual assistants and smart doorbells, watches and cars... But what are we getting out of it? And what are we losing? It’s not clear whether the balance is tipping in the right direction.

Format: documentary web series
Written and directed by: Brett Gaylor
Produced by: Upian and Eyesteelfilm
Languages: French, English and German
L'internet de tout et n'importe quoi
L'internet de tout et n'importe quoi

“What if we made peace?” “OK, but let's talk about it first.” What would two fighters from opposite sides actually say to each other? Can they get along? Will they understand each other? You decide...

The Enemy de Karim Ben Khelifa en réalité virtuelle
The Enemy

You're in the middle of a battlefield, standing between two enemies who hate each other. They tell you about the cruelty of the war they're fighting and share their motivations, hopes and simple pleasures. Wearing your virtual reality headset, you move (physically) through three rooms and three scenarios. In each of them, two combatants are discussing a war—the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the civil war in El Salvador—from their opposing viewpoints. By giving a voice to perpetrators of violence, Karim Ben Khelifa's virtual “installation”—which can have up to 20 simultaneous users at any one time—explores the combatants’ points of view and your own. It's also available as a mobile app with an even more striking effect, as the enemies are projected on your surroundings in augmented reality.

Format: virtual reality and augmented reality experience
Directed by: Karim Ben Khelifa
Produced by: Lucid Realities
Languages: French and English

 

The Enemy

Fortunately, enemies come to the negotiating table to make peace. Yes, but... If the conditions for peace are deemed unfair by one of the parties, it can quickly become the quickest route to war.

Humiliation, expérience en réalité virtuelle de Luc Reder et Eric Ellena
Humiliation

They met in the Palace of Versailles in June 1918 to negotiate the treaty ending the First World War. Now, Luc Reder and Eric Ellena take us behind the scenes of this historic moment in this 360° immersive virtual reality film. Headset on, you're projected into the Hall of Mirrors to find out how the clauses and formalities imposed on the losing side sowed the seeds of the world war that followed some twenty years later.

Format: virtual reality experience
Written and directed by: Luc Reder and Eric Ellena
Produced by: Chuck Productions and French Connection Films
Languages: French

 

Humiliation

It's no longer a world war, but it still regularly encroaches on French soil. Paris has been the victim of a number of terrorist attacks. Fluctuat nec mergitur.

fiction interactive, République de Simon Bouisson
République

It’s an ordinary evening in Paris, until shots ring out in the corridors of the metro. The characters in this interactive work of fiction quickly realise they’re under attack. Both inside and out, panic ensues as you follow three stories with fluid borders. They follow the same night-time journey and their characters mesh; men and women whose paths cross, intertwine and influence one another. And you get to choose which thread you want to focus on, excluding the other two.

Format: interactive film
Directed by: Simon Bouisson
Produced by: Cinétévé Expérience, Resistance Films and France.tv
Languages: French

République

Another world is possible! A famous science fiction writer created it in his books and some of his visions and inventions came true. Let’s look beyond appearances...

jeu vidéo Californium de Brice Roy
Californium

In this video game interpretation of Philip K. Dick’s universe, you are Elvin Green and we are in Berkeley in 1967. Your writing career never took off, your publisher is furious, your wife and daughter have left you and your apartment is one big mess. In short, the picture that the player discovers at the start of this immersive adventure is disconcerting to say the least, but there's light at the end of the tunnel! In this first-person 3D video game adventure by Brice Roy, you enter alternative realities to the real world, closely resembling the work and the man that inspired them.
 

Format: video game
Directed by: Brice Roy
Produced by: Darjeeling and Nova
Languages: French, English and German

Californium

Founded in 2015, PXN—Producteurs d’eXpériences Numériques—is an association of independent new media producers working to digitally transform France's cultural and creative industries. It brings together 70 producers who explore every genre of digital creation: fiction, creative documentaries, animation, magazines, live shows, video games, mobile apps, virtual reality and internet-enabled devices.

This article was written by Cédric Mal.