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Black Bag

dir. Qing Shao
China 2019, 12’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
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25 Nov, 10:00 – 6 Dec
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Awards and festivals
IFF Rotterdam; Tribeca FF; Venice IFF
China 2019
Duration: 12’
director: Qing Shao
screenplay: Qing Shao
editing: Qing Shao
producer: Shao Qing
production: VRTIMES
colouration: colour

Film description

An animated film noir, reminiscent of movies by Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie. The plot is centered around the eponymous bag – Hitchcock's classic McGuffin, a mysterious object whose sole presence stimulates the protagonists' passions and pushes the action forward. How far will the bodyguard, Mr. S., go to get his hand on the precious cargo?

The experience is created using an extremely toilsome technique, in which the filmmaker draws every single line by hand, using a virtual paintbrush in the VR space. The classic scene cuts were replaced by a whole range of creative transitions, allowing for smooth changes of the surroundings and eliminating disorientation. The effect is very expressive and it perfectly fits the tale of a dark object of desire and people obsessed by the need to posses it.

Stanisław Liguziński

Qing Shao

A CG artist for various prominent projects in his homeland since 2008. In 2017, he founded VRTIMES, a virtual reality studio. Both his first VR work In the Pictures as its successor Black Bag were selected for the prestigious VR competition of the Venice film festival.

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