The Hangman at Home – VR

  • 25'
  • Denmark
  • 2020

“What does a hangman think about when he goes home at night from work?” is the opening line of American Carl Sandburg’s 1922 poem ‘The Hangman at Home’. The latter is what animators and immersive artists Michelle and Uri Kranot’s eponymous VR installation is loosely based on, and it won them a Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Users start the story by striking a virtual match. A small room provides access (through door, window, hearth) to spaces with five stories. Five monologues from people at turning points in their lives. These miniature theatres were hand-painted, frame by frame – static, yet lively. Small dioramas that invite you to come closer, but not too close. The work questions sometimes disconcerting human intimacy and the boundary between viewer, witness and accomplice. Screens together with Image Technology Echoes within VR: Interior Motifs, Wed 2 to Sun 6 June, 09:45-22:00, WORM UBIK, €12.

Directors
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Countries of production
Denmark, France, Canada
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
25'
Medium
VR
Languages
English, French, Danish
Producers
Lana Tankosa Nikolic, Katayoun Dibamehr, Avi Amar, Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Pierre Baussaron, Marc Bertrand, Julie Roy
Production Companies
Late Love Production, Floreal Films, Miyu Productions, National Film Board of Canada
Sales
Floreal Films, Lucid Realities
Screenplay
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Cinematography
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Editor
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Production Design
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Sound Design
Pierre Yves Drapeau
Music
Uri Kranot
Website
http://tindrum.dk