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The First Details of Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s VR Project ‘CARNE Y ARENA’

April 14, 2017


Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki have teamed upon once again to create an experimental virtual reality project titled CARNE Y ARENA (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible). This six and half minute solo experience is a first virtual reality project chosen for the Official Selection of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which premieres next month ahead of its official opening at the Fondazione Prada in Milan in June.

The film explores the human conditions of immigrants and refugees. Here’s the official description of the project:

Based on the true accounts, the superficial lines between subject and bystander are blurred and bound together, allowing individuals to walk in a vast space and thoroughly live a fragment of the refugees’ personal journeys. CARNE Y ARENA employs the lightest, never-before-used virtual technology to create a large, multi-narrative light space with human characters.

Iñárritu said in a statement:

“During the past four years in which this project has been growing in my mind, I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing many Mexican and Central American refugees. Their life stories haunted me, so I invite some of them to collaborate with me in the project.

My intention was to experiment with VR technology to explore the human condition in an attempt to break the dictatorship of the frame– within which things are just observed– and claim the space to allow the visitor to go through a direct experience walking in the immigrants’ feet, under their skin, and into their hearts.”

Carne y Arena marks the latest collaboration between Iñárritu and Lubezki, following their hits Birdman and The Revenant. They created the film alongside producer Mary Parent and Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB. The project was produced and financed by Legendary Entertainment and Fondazione Prada. The full version of the film will be showing at Milan’s Fondazione Prada from June through December.


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