A film by Benoit Felici.
Composed of a documentary and a Virtual Reality film.

Paris, the Taj Mahal, Venice, the Vatican…
All these monuments and many more have replicas scattered around the
globe. Not just simple copies, these constructions are mirrors in which a
certain image of the world is reflected.

THE REAL THING is a journey into a copy of our world. Seeking the
monumental copycat architecture of China and other countries around the
world. Residential areas where people live an everyday life in places
simulating other places.

THE REAL THING by Benoit Felici are coproduced by Artline Films and ARTE France.
The VR film is corealised by Benoit Felici and Mathias Chelebourg are coproduced by Artline Films, DVgroup and ARTE France.

THE REAL THING / 2D

THE REAL THING / VR

Long-métrage 73 min / 54 min
2 films coproduits par Artline films et Arte France
VR Film 16mn
A film corealised by Benoit Felinici and Mathias Cherbourg and coproduiced by Artline Films, DVgroup and ARTE France

Prizes and nominations

Prizes and nominations

TORONTO international documentary film festival - HOTDOCS 2018, official competition
NewImages Paris film festival 2018,
Winner (Masque d’Or)

Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities
2018,Official competition

Sandbox Immersive Festival 2018
(Qingdao), Winner best VR film

THE REAL THING / 2D

Long-métrage 73 min / 54 min
2 films coproduits par Artline films et Arte France
TORONTO international documentary film festival - HOTDOCS 2018, official competition

THE REAL THING / VR

VR Film 16mn
A film corealised by Benoit Felinici and Mathias Cherbourg and coproduiced by Artline Films, DVgroup and ARTE France
NewImages Paris film festival 2018,
Winner (Masque d’Or)

Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities
2018,Official competition

Sandbox Immersive Festival 2018
(Qingdao), Winner best VR film

THE REAL THING / VR

is a virtual reality experience.

Compatible with all existing VR headsets, the
experience allow the audience to step right into these
neighborhoods.
To enhance the feeling of total
immersion, the documentary was shot for the first time
ever with high resolution cinema cameras, and a special
custom system.
A 360° image is reconstructed from the images of those
cameras, and the sound recorded during the shooting is
spatialized to render the exact space around the
audience.
“Set out, explore every coast, and seek this city,”
.
“Then come back and tell me if my dream corresponds to reality.”
Italo Calvino, Les villes invisibles
Italo Calvino,
Les villes invisibles