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Knit's Island

Features: Visions | Animation,Documentary

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Set in the world of online zombie-horror survival game DayZ, this forward-thinking, animated documentary explores the online and offline lives of a community of dedicated role-players in cyberspace. Recipient of the Burning Lights Competition Jury Prize and FIPRESCI Award at Visions du Réel.

Somewhere on the internet, a community of individuals simulate a survivalist fiction in a virtual 250km² space. Under the guise of avatars, a film crew traverse the mysterious, post-apocalyptic rural landscape, discovering a meeting place where friendships are formed and stories are shared as they make contact with the ‘locals’. As the locals begin to drop their masks, they reveal aspects of their offline lives, realities and relationships. Probing the outer limits of online space, Knit's Island maps the first steps of the virtualization of our identities, and raises questions about the future of our increasingly digitised world.

Programmer's note: Having never entered the world of online games, I found this world where one inhabits another identity and controls (or loses control of) a narrative, disturbing and fascinating. The film rewards at so many levels, even cinematically. It's depicts a brutal VR world (the game DayZ) where people meet to kill each other and to kill zombies. The film is terrifying but also hilarious, at times tender.
Michelle Carey

Australian Premiere


Knit's Island - trailer from Square Eyes on Vimeo.

Credits

Classification Unclassified – 18+

Runtime 95 mins

Year 2023

Language French, English

Director Ekiem Barbier, Guilhem Causse, Quentin L'helgoualc'h

Producer Boris Garavini

Screenwriter Ekiem Barbier, Guilhem Causse, Quentin L'helgoualc'h

Cinematographer Ekiem Barbier, Guilhem Causse, Quentin L'helgoualc'h

Editor Nicolas Bancilhon

Music Ekiem Barbier, Guilhem Causse, Marc Siffert

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