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The Far North musical experience

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-22.7 ° C is an immersive experience in the polar circle inspired by the adventures of the musician Molécule. The viewer will experience artistic creation in an extreme environment and embark on a discovery of the Arctic – a hostile world of mystical sounds and vibrations.

The crackling sound of the glaciers, the breathy shifting of the pack ice, the silence of the polar night … The electronic musician Molécule took himself off to the Greenland village of Tiniteqilaaq for five weeks of solitude in 2017. There he recorded the sounds of the Arctic for his latest album -22.7 ° C. This led to a VR experience that immerses the user in a sensory and introspective journey across the polar region.

Crucial to the creative process was his encounter with Jan Kounen, who was able to bring extremely precise imagery to the project and combine his cinematographic expertise with the language of VR.

In April 2018, his director of photography Hugues Espinasse led a team of three specialists in “extreme cold” filming techniques. In the depths of Greenland, guided by the Danish Rasmus Poulsen, they used their 360 ° camera to capture the magnificent images of the far North that make up the outdoor scenes of the VR experience. For eight days they braved the elements, travelling by dog sleigh and leaving the camera supervisor with the painful memory of a frozen toe.

The harsh beauty of these arctic worlds comes face-to-face with Molecule’s personal inner worlds on this journey of initiation. These “inner worlds”, virtual universes, have been conceptualised in 3D by Jan Kounen and Amaury La Burthe. With the Molécule soundtrack, the two worlds merge harmoniously and plunge us into the heart of the process of musical creation. This hybrid project thus combines the best of immersive technologies with cinema technology and experimentation around sound and music.

Nominations and Awards

  • Winner

    New Images 2019 (France)

    Prix nouvelles écritures SCAM

  • Sélection

    SXSW 2019 (USA)

    Virtual Cinema Competition

  • Nominated

    360 Film Festival 2019 (France)

    Competition VR

  • nominated

    Sunny Side of the Doc (France)

    Pixii

  • nominated

    Sandbox 2019 (China)

    Competition

  • nominated

    Tiapei IFF 2019 (Taiwan)

    VR Frontline Competition

  • selection

    FNC 2019 (Canada)

    FNC Explore

  • selection

    Silk Road 2019 (China)

    VR official selection

  • selection

    São Paulo IFF 2019 (Brazil)

    Mostra Realidade Virtual

  • nominated

    Bogoshorts 2019 (Colombia)

    Competencia VR

  • selection

    FIPADOC 2020 (France)

    Smart

  • selection

    Virtual Worlds 2019 (Germany)

  • Sélection

    PLUG 2019 (France)

  • Winner

    Courant 3D 2019 (France)

    Prix du public

  • Sélection

    Haifa IFF 2019 (Israël)

    HAIFAVRAR

  • nominated

    Thessaloniki IFF 2019 (Grèce)

  • nominated

    GIFF 2019 (Switzerland)

    Competition Bande Originale

  • nominated

    360 Film Festival 2019 (France)

    Competition VR

  • Sélection

    IDFA 2019 (Netherlands)

    DocLab Domesticating Reality

  • nominated

    KFFK 2019 (Germany)

    VR Competition

  • Sélection

    See You Sound 2020 (Italy)

Credits

  • Réalisation - Jan Kounen, Molécule, Amaury La Burthe
  • Coproduction - ARTE France, Zorba, Novelab, DV Group
  • Distribution - Diversion

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