Cannes: Virtual Reality Plays Bigger Role on Croisette as Advocates Tout Platform and Possibilities

When Sundance sales were tallied this year, one title was left out of many stories: “Spheres,” a three-part virtual reality series from executive producer Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures.

Vr financing/distribution outfit CityLights’ seven-figure acquisition of the project was reportedly a record for the fest’s 11-year-old New Frontier section.“The sale signaled that there is a path for independent Vr,” Aronofsky says of director Eliza McNitt’s work, which places viewers in the center of outer space with narration by Jessica Chastain and Patti Smith.

“The most important films are often made outside the studio system, where creators have the freedom to advance the medium.

We now know this can be true of Vr, too.”The sale was promising news for Next, the innovation hub at Cannes Market.

The section will showcase more than 25 projects (including Vr companion pieces for Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and Wes Anderson’s

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