“Virtual Reality gets real” at the 59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck – 360° films in the Fulldome

Lübeck, Oct. 30, 2017. The programme of 360° films first introduced to the Nordic Film Days in 2016 continues this year in the Fulldome cinema. The Fulldome tent will be erected at a new location on Klingenberg square on October 30, with the friendly support of the Lübeck public utilities companies. When the 59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Nov. 1 – 5, 2017) starts, 16 films will be screened in the dome in six blocks of 360° shorts – “Northern Lights”, “Ghost Stories”, “Beyond the Arctic”, “Polar Kids”, “Green Planet” and “Biosphere”. And festival visitors who are at the CineStar Filmpalast Stadthalle cinema can get a sneak preview of the Fulldome films on a miniature dome screen in the theatre’s foyer.

The trend-setting 360° films showing at Klingenberg focus on subjects such as extra-terrestrial landscapes, in “Biosphere”, which features the music of the Norwegian ambient music legends of the same name, or they get scary-creepy, as in “Ghost Stories”, with shadow plays, nightmarish figures, a shady dialogue, fear of our own fears, or a deer's fears play the leading roles. “Green Planet”, by contrast, provides fascinating views of our global eco-system. The polar ice caps are front and centre. “Northern Lights” provides a captivating look at the everyday life of Norwegian cod fishermen, and the gleaming Northern Lights, which were filmed with special lenses. And with the film “POLARIS”, the “Polar Kids” block sends kids on an action-packed journey from the Arctic Circle to our planetary system, with the penguin James, and the polar bear Vladimir serving as tour guides. Ice also features prominently in the “Beyond the Arctic”, for instance when a young boy with a dog sleigh in search of a mysterious fox experiences Lapland’s flora and fauna. Tommi, on the other hand, is a taciturn Finn who sees his dream woman in the metro one day and takes a fantasy journey through his future with her. 

The programme “Interactive Dome VR – A Journey to New Worlds” is a special highlight. Working with the Danish media artists Michelle and Uri Kranot of “Nothing Happens”, and the VR creators from Hamburg’s “VR Nerds”, Fulldome immersive media curator Ralph Heinsohn has come up with a new concept for the cinematic experience.  Unlike in linear film narratives, the immersive storylines of “Nothing Happens" and “Lucid Trips” do not follow a fixed timeline. The works are better understood as performative installations, in which the audience itself becomes a player in an interactive story. “Nothing Happens” from Denmark, we see a group of people in an icy landscape; a “player” relays what is happening around him, while on a second screen, the audience can follow his actions in the virtual as well as the physical world. “Lucid Trips” is an exploration of a lucid dream, in which the dreamer is aware of dreaming, and can exert some control over events. Using innovative movement concepts, the Fulldome audience experiences everything along with a “player wearing a VR head-mounted display (HMD)” who explores fantastic landscapes.

“Virtual reality and 360° films are on their way to becoming a normal part of cinema, and even of our living rooms. Particularly when it comes to what are called “immersive media”, the question continually arises of which stories are best suited to the 360° format, and how filmmakers deal with it. On behalf of the Nordic Film Days, I'm very happy that we are chaperoning and furthering that new format with our Fulldome cinema. The works we have selected take on a broad spectrum of subject matter that is particularly atmospheric viewed in 360°. So I hope that all our visitors enjoy their impressive journey to new worlds!”, says Ralph Heinsohn, immersive media curator.

The Fulldome programme “100 Moods from Finland” is part of the festival’s focus on this year’s anniversary of the creation of an independent Finnish republic, inviting anyone who is interested to take a brief trip to Finland at a variety times across the entire festival. Perhaps a lunch break in Lapland, or a light dinner under the Northern Lights. The Fulldome cinema will open twice daily to show 100 different locations in immersive 360° panoramic images. “100 Moods from Finland” is a virtual trip to Finland produced by Flatlight Creative House in Rovaniemi. Additional information at www.100moods.com.

food court with trucks and stands around the Fulldome will offer specialties such as elk burgers or lettu (crepes), anchoring Finland’s culinary arts on Klingenberg square. The food bounty will be complemented by the sale of products from the Finnish Seamen's Church in Hamburg, as well as a barrel sauna by Scandic Wood Art to provide a comfortable spot to take a load off. 

Tickets for the fulldome cinema cost € 6.00, reduced price € 4.00. The complete schedule for the 59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck, with details of all films, times and events has been online since October 21, 2017. Advance ticket sales begin on October 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm in the CineStar Filmpalast Stadthalle, Mühlenbrücke 11 in Lübeck and online at www.filmtage.luebeck.de and www.cinestar.de

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