The BFI London Film Festival will debut Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin’s latest project as part of LFF Expanded, the festival’s Immersive Art and Extended Realities strand, which runs from October 5-16, 2022.
Programmed by Ulrich Schrauth, the BFI’s Immersive Art and XR Curator, this year’s LFF Expanded lineup showcases 20 projects from 17 countries across the world, all of which feature artists working in emerging technologies, such as interactive virtual reality, screen-based installations, augmented reality, mixed reality, immersive audio experience and live performance.
The lineup includes the World Premiere of Guy Maddin’s latest work Haunted Hotel: A Melodrama in Augmented Reality. Presented at BFI Southbank, this evocative, immersive exhibition transports the audience into a surreal paper world, created from an eclectic selection of clippings drawn from Maddin’s own personal archive, set to an intricate soundscape by acclaimed composer Magnus Fiennes. The project was commissioned by the LFF and will be exhibited at BFI Southbank until October 30, 2022. It will be accompanied by special screenings of three further works by Maddin in late October.
“We are delighted to have worked with legendary filmmaker Guy Maddin to present our first very own BFI London Film Festival commission — Haunted Hotel — a new Augmented Reality work that invites audiences to explore a vibrant tableau of desire, deception and death,” Schrauth said.
The festival will also host the World Premiere of the fully immersive version of Intraven, a collaboration between the immersive film studio DARKFIELD, Canadian filmmaker Brenda Longfellow and drugs podcast Crackdown. Set inside a shipping container on Theater Square in front of the National Theatre, Intraven uses binaural 360-degree sound to plunge listeners into the heart of the overdose crisis in Vancouver, Canada, giving voice to the people most affected by it: users and frontline workers.
This year marks the third year of LFF Expanded at the BFI London Film Festival. The program will be presented in partnership with the National Theater at multiple venues on London’s South Bank, including the famed 26 Leake Street.
A dedicated Immersive Art and XR Award will also be announced at a special virtual LFF Awards Ceremony event on Sunday 16 October on BFI YouTube and on the festival’s social media channels.
Check out the full lineup below:
LFF EXPANDED 2022 IMMERSIVE ART AND XR PROGRAMME:
ALL UNSAVED PROGRESS WILL BE LOST, Lead artist: Mélanie Courtinat
APPARATUS LUDENSLead Artist: Untold Garden
A MIGHTY MASS EMERGESLead Artist: Wu Tsang
AS MINE EXACTLYLead Artist: Charlie Shackleton
THE CHOICELead Artist: Joanne Popinska
BLACK MOVEMENT LIBRARY – MOVEMENT PORTRAITSLead Artist: LaJuné McMillian
DIGITAL MOTIONSLead Artists: Helge Letonja, Marcel Karnapke, Björn Lengers, Anke Euler
FRAMERATE: PULSE OF EARTHLead Artists: Matthew Shaw, William Trossell, ScanLAB Projects
HAUNTED HOTEL – A MELODRAMA IN AUGMENTED REALITYLead Artist: Guy Maddin
THE INFINITE LIBRARYLead Artist: Mika Johnson
IN PURSUIT OF REPETITIVE BEATSLead Artist: Darren Emerson
INTRAVENELead Artists: Darkfield, Crackdown, Brenda Longfellow
THE LAST TIME I SAW SNOW, Lead Artists: Isobel Mascarenhas-Whitman, Alex Tennyson
LINE OF CONTACTLead Artist: Dani Ploegez
MONOLITHSLead Artists: Lucy Hammond, Hannah Davies, Asma Elbadawi, Carmen Marcus
MISSING PICTURES EP. 3: CATHERINE HARDWICKE: THE MONKEY WRENCH GANGLead Artists: Clément Deneux
ON THE MORNING YOU WAKE (TO THE END OF THE WORLD)Lead Artists: Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Mike Brett, Steve Jamison, Arnaud Colinart, Pierre Zandrowicz
PAN + TILTLead Artists Ruth Gibson, Bruno Martelli
PLANET CITYLead Artists: Liam Young, Kayvan Boudai, Eilliot Ordower, James Clar
WALZERLead Artists: Frieda Gustavs, Leo Erken