UFA X’s production “Cesare’s Dream VR” will be shown at the DOK Leipzig, presented by ARTE

The expressionist silent film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” from 1920 is a complex, confusing and frightening masterpiece. The digital production “Cesare’s Dream – In the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” from 2019 is an homage to the immersive aspects of this film using new technology.

The aim of the experience is to take the user into a dreamlike world, in which set pieces from “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” can be experienced. The dream here is the logical complement to sleep, which is an important element in the film. The virtual dream experience represents aspects of freedom as well as dependence for the user at the same time. Freedom in the angle of vision, in reception and in dealing with dream images. And lack of freedom in the fact that the presented scenario itself cannot be influenced. Part of this dream is dependence: Cesare is a creature dominated by Dr. Caligari.

The 1920 film knew in a fascinating way how to deal with the limitations of silent filmmaking and the camera technique of the time. On behalf of the Goethe-Institut Warschau and in association with ZDF/ARTE, UFA X accepted the challenge of exploring the new possibilities of the still young technology of volumetric video technology and making the silent film classic a virtual experience, thanks to the recording technology of the Volucap studio. Step inside and have a look for yourself! A dreamlike experience awaits you.

This October, the experience will be presented by ARTE at the DOK Leipzig, one of the leading international festivals for documentary and animated film (DOK LEIPZIG LINK). Later in November, it will also be showcased in Berlin during the INTERFILM Festival INTERFILM.

You can find the project here: https://virtualrealitybb.org/project/cesares-dream-vr/

and here : http://www.ufa-x.de/cesares-dream