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The Jerusalem Festival Presents: Virtual Reality

The language of cinema has been in constant development ever since the invention of the motion picture. Virtual reality movies form a new and exciting chapter in this process. Like many other technologies adopted by the film industry, virtual reality started out as a fun gimmick in shopping malls and amusement parks. But now it returns as an art form, in the devoted hands of old and new masters of the cinema. How can one tell a coherent and captivating story through this new technology? What are the new tools available to an artist thanks to this technological development, and what tools must he give up?

For the first time in its history, the festival has set up a VR area with stations where the audience is invited to watch films by Israeli and international artists, both documentary and fictional, that employ this technology to offer new and unfamiliar perspectives as well as a new way of controlling our normally passive watching experience.

The films presented in the VR area were produced as part of the Steamer Festival, Israel's first VR film festival and laboratory, focused on developing, initiating and producing interactive films, together with Israeli and international artists and producers, and on forming a community around this new medium.

Producers: Shirin Anlen, Tal Herring, Adi Lavie

Assistant curator and installer: Nimrod Shanit

המתחם הוקם בתמיכת המיזם לקולנוע וטלוויזיה ירושלים

Complex of virtual reality next to Cinematheque 1 | 10.7 to 14.7 from 12:00 to 19:00 free entrance


Participating projects::

Go Ugly Early

Creator: Gur Bentwich  
The odds of finding true love in a speed-dating event are pretty slim, all the more so when you are extremely judgmental, quite neurotic and over thirty-five. Nevertheless, Becky keeps on trying.

Once Upon a Sea

Creator: Adi Lavie
Once upon a Sea is a contemporary portrait of the Dead Sea. The film documents local residents and the region’s massive ecological disaster, creating a long-lasting imprint of the Dead Sea, a minute before it is gone for good.

The Holy City

Creator: Nimrod Shanit
Next year, Jerusalem will celebrate 50 years of its reunification. This character-driven virtual reality documentary invites viewers to put aside prejudice and fears and experience the city immersed in another person’s shoes.


Creator: Eldad Eitan
A classical concert in a skate park. Andalusian piano master Omri Mor — a musical prodigy with stunning improvisational abilities — accompanied by a quartet creates rhythmical and musical dialogues with professional skaters while they jump, flip, socialize and bend gravity.

Kafka 360

Creator: Creator
You wake up as a bug — and your parents are not pleased about it! A bittersweet 360° modern adaptation of the Franz Kafka's classic Metamorphosis.

Waves of Grace

Creators: Gabo Arora, Chris Milk
This is a story of Decontee Davis, an Ebola survivor who uses her immunity to care for orphaned children in her Liberian village.

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