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From the Main Square

Venice Immersive
Pedro Harres
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Lorena Junghans)
Running Time:
No dialogues
Main Cast:
Amishai Mueller, Bruno De Marco, Fabian Rau, Guy Shahaf, Sofia Sarmento
Angelina Urbanczyk, Pedro Harres, Rafael Loss
Marcus Sander, Justin Robinson, Sebastian Rojas Baquero
Oscar Galimberti, David Schornsheim
Art directors:Daniel Eizirik, Paulo Lange
Lead developer and designer:Pedro Harres
Developers:Douglas Rachevsky, Marius Morhard, Theo Galland
Editors:André Correia, Sebastian Willhelm, Sarvenaz Zolfaghar
Designers:Daniel Eizirik, Antoine Maubon, Lucille Lefebvre, Leonie Aurelia Klaus, Matheus Frantz, Nikan Salari, Simon Stimberg, Wolf Wilhelm Niedermark
Artists:Samuel Patthey, Sophia Schönborn, Léa Bompart, Hyerim Lee, Rafael Loss
Project managers:Pedro Harres, Simon Rief


Encircling its central square, a new town emerges in all its diversity. A crossroad of stories, edifications, hopes, and conflicts altogether. Social ties and cultures take root. People nurture sympathy and care for their equals, but also animosity towards those who are different. It does not take long for an ‘us versus them’ atmosphere to take over. From the Main Square is an interactive VR experience that invites the viewer to witness the rise and fall of a divided society. A civilization blossoms, with all its contradictions, only to become a danger to itself.

Director’s Statement

From the Main Square is the result of having Berlin before my eyes and Brazil in my mind during the last four years. It is conceived as a compact illustration of a social disruption. Daniel Eizirik’s drawing style was combined with Samuel Patthey’s straight-ahead 2d animations to constitute the backbone of its visual identity. The script is a collage of occasionally funny, eventually brutal urban absurdities that societies that experience the maladies of political polarisation and environmental collapse undergo. To tell that story in interactive VR was considerably challenging. At the start, we were quite clueless about how to technically and narratively structure the whole thing. Trial and error was the order of the day. If I knew all it would take, I do not think we would have ever tried something that size as a student team for a VR debut.



PRODUCTION 1: Lorena Junghans – Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
14482 – Potsdam, Germany
Tel. +49 3316202141

WORLD SALES: Clara Miranda-Scherffig – Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF - Festival Office
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
14482 – Potsdam, Germany
Tel. +49 3316202141

PRESS OFFICE: Julia Diebel – Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
14482 – Potsdam, Germany
Tel. +49 03316202130

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