The real thing VR

Real life in fake cities

The real thing VR preview image

What is it like to live in monumental architectural copies of buildings located on a completely different continent?

The VR-documentary “The real thing VR” offers an immersion into a life-size Chinese copy of large districts of European cities. The user explores Paris Tiandu Cheng, Venice Water-Town and the London Tower Bridge, all located in the region of Shanghai.

Through brief encounters with the inhabitants talking about their home, their aspirations and their activities, we are confronted with a strange situation: ordinary daily Chinese life taking place within replicas of famous European architecture built in a completely different cultural context.

“The real thing VR” is available for free on the ARTE360 VR-app (Android, iOS, Gear VR, Apple TV, Windows MR, and Daydream).

Nominations and Awards

  • Winner

    Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International


  • Winner

    New Images 2018 (Paris)

    Masque d'or / Best immersive experience

  • Winner

    Sandbox Immersive Festival 2018 (Qingdao, China)

    Best 360 experience

  • Winner

    Guanajuato International Film Festival 2018 (Mexico)

    Best film in VR

  • Winner

    Cervignano Film Festival 2018 (Italy)

    Best film in VR

  • Winner

    VR Festival (Mexico)

  • Winner

    SATIS (France)

    Best VR-documentary


  • A film by - Benoit Felici
  • Direction - Benoit Felici and Mathias Chelebourg
  • A co-production - ARTE France, Artline Films and DV Group (France 2018 - 17 min.)


Site unsupport
Update browser