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Alejandro G. Iñárritu Takes On Virtual Reality Short On Refugees

The two-time Oscar-winning director is working on an experimental project set in the Mexican-US border


Alejandro G. Iñárritu has decided to take on the challenge of virtual reality and short film. The two-time Oscar-winning director, together with his cinematic life partner Emmanuel “El Chivo” Lubezki, will be making his first VR short for release in the spring. It’s one that he’s been developing for four years, and it is being produced and financed by Legendary Entertainment and Fondazione Prada. ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s recently established Immersive Entertainment division, will build the virtual world and characters.

The immersive virtual reality piece — described as an experiment for their first time within a space narrative in this new visual medium — will explore the intense and excruciating experience of a group of immigrants and refugees crossing the border between Mexico and the U.S.

Iñárritu previously teamed with Fondazione Prada to curate Flesh, Mind, and Spirit, a selection of 15 films offering a unique occasion to experience the reactions and emotions that the director felt when he first saw these films.

Alessandro Zoppo

Alessandro Zoppo

Editor-in-Chief @ Good Short Films

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