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IDFA 2022

Plastisapiens

Miri Chekhanovich, Edith Jorisch
Canada, Israel
2022
15 min
European Premiere
Festival history

Microscopic plastic particles are now everywhere, including in the food we eat. What implications does this have for the future of humanity? In this VR eco-fiction you experience the gradual evolution from microbe to plastisapiens: from a single-celled organism from the earliest prehistoric times, via a mollusk with tentacles, and finally to a breathing hybrid creature.

Despite the serious underlying issues, this meditative time travel has a playful, slightly ironic tone. All your present eco-stress and worries about the future give way to wonder and beauty. Forget all the disturbing news stories, and just breathe in and out. In this enchanting universe, you become a new kind of creature, amalgamated with plastic, and that’s totally fine.

In addition to the VR experience, you can also take a seat in the kitchen, where you ritualistically experience what it’s like to be a plastisapiens. Feel, smell and taste the bioplastics prepared on the spot.

Credits
Director
Co-director
    Dpt.
    Dpt.
Production
Key collaborator
    Nicolas S. Roy,
    Maude Thibodeau for Dpt.,
    The Makor Foundation for Israeli Films,
    The Israel Film Council,
    The Ministry for Culture and Sports,
    Canada Media Fund,
    The National Film Board of Canada
    Nicolas S. Roy,
    Maude Thibodeau for Dpt.,
    The Makor Foundation for Israeli Films,
    The Israel Film Council,
    The Ministry for Culture and Sports,
    Canada Media Fund,
    The National Film Board of Canada
Sound Design
    Ori Alboher
    Ori Alboher
Music
    Ori Alboher
    Ori Alboher
Screening copy
    Danielle Viau for National Film Board of Canada
    Danielle Viau for National Film Board of Canada
World Sales
    Nathalie Bourdon for National Film Board of Canada
    Nathalie Bourdon for National Film Board of Canada
Co-production
    Dpt.,
    NFB,
    Lalibela Productions Israel
    Dpt.,
    NFB,
    Lalibela Productions Israel
Animation
    Thibault Sequier
    Thibault Sequier

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