The Hangman at Home | We Are at Home

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Multi Media project

“What does the hangman think about when he goes home at night from work?”

Inspired by the 1922 Carl Sandburg poem of the same title, acclaimed artists and filmmakers Michelle and Uri Kranot have created a multi-media project, that has three distinct and singular outputs: Exploring themes of acknowledgement and participation across mediums.

  • The Hangman at Home – an animated short film (world premiere at the Krakow Film Festival – 2021)
  • The Hangman at Home – VR – a single-user immersive experience (world premiere at the Venice Biennale – 2020)
  • We Are at Home – a multi-user VR performance / installation (world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival – 2021)

About

With their latest project, Michelle and Uri Kranot continue to explore the frontiers of immersive art and moving images, using multi-platform storytelling to create interactive worlds.

Both The Hangman at Home – VR single-user immersive experience and the We Are at Home multi-user VR installation present a captivating, poetic habitat that transcends the medium and prompts users to question the consequences of our actions and inaction. The experience expands on the notion of witnessing and observation, by going further to ask about implication and responsibility. It is a beautiful, delicate, and contemporary call for awakening.

The animation is hand-painted frame-by-frame with acrylic, a technique that allows for a rich though subtle examination of characters, gestures, and behaviours. The series of “living paintings” shines a light on private, domestic spaces, which are positioned within a clever, fragmented narrative.

Though all the components of this multi-media project deal with the theme of acknowledgement; the two VR experiences are separate and independent from The Hangman at Home animated short. They are an interactive call for participation and discovery, and a non-linear journey through changing environments. When offered as an immersive scenography and installation for a group of participants, the project expands to become an event ­– the We Are at Home multi-user VR installation, which allows audience members to meet both in VR and outside it, and to engage with multiple layers of narrative and striking imagery.

English Press kit
French Press kit

Credits

Music: Uri Kranot
Musicians: Jody Ghani Nordby, Thomas Richard Christensen, Uri Kranot
Sound design: Pierre-Yves Drapeau, Thomas Richard Christensen, Milan Grajetski
Foley artist and mix: Lise Wedlock, Jean-Paul Vialard
Technical director: Morten Andersen
Technical VR multi-user: Studio Nyx
Animation and artwork: Juliette Viger, Philip Piaget, Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot, , Mohammad Babakouhiashrafi, Fabien Corre, Morten Andersen, Mikkel Battefeld
Narration: Michelle Kranot (English), Anne Dorval (French), Lana Tankosa Kikolic (Danish)
Cast: Marieke Breyne, Morten Thorning, Zelimir Nikolic, Anita Videnovic, Jonas Petri Megyessi, Solveig Højer Jensen, Emil Kranot
Key Collaborators: Milan Grajetski, Sarah Topseø Jensen, Sarah John, Thomas Ahlmark

Watch
The Hangman at Home – VR (teaser)
We Are at Home (teaser)
Awards and selections
  • Grand Prize Masque d’Or, for We Are at Home at Paris’ New Images Festival
  • Golden Dragon Grand Prize for Best Film (Int. Shorts Competition) for The Hangman at Home at Krakow Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Prize for The Hangman at Home – VR. Best VR immersive work: 77th Venice Film Festival, La Biennale di Venezia
  • Special Mention for The Hangman at Home – VR at Kaboom Int. animation Festival (2021)
  • Official Selection: We Are at Home – VR multi-user installation will premiere, Storyscapes Tribeca Film Festival (2021)
  • Official Competition: The Hangman at Home – VR Art Direction at International Film Festival Rotterdam (2021)
  • Official Selection: The Hangman at Home – VR VR Competition Ottawa International Animation Festival (2020)
  • Official Competition: The Hangman at Home – VR Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal (2020)
  • Official Selection: The Hangman at Home – VR Geneva International Film Festival (2020)
  • Official Selection: The Hangman at Home – VR Annecy International Animation Festival – VR Works (2021)
Press

Distribution

The Hangman at Home
The Americas: National Film Board of Canada distribution@nfb.ca
The rest of the World: MIYU Distribution luce.grosjean@miyu.fr

The Hangman at Home – VR
International: Floreal Films katayoun@florealfilms.com

We Are at Home
International: Lucid Realities aroux@lucidrealities.studio 

Production: Lana Tankosa Nikolic, Late love production (DK) / Emmanuel-Alain Raynal and Pierre Baussaron, Miyu productions (FR) / Avi Amar and Katayoun Dibamehr, Floréal Films (FR) / Marc Bertrand and Julie Roy, National Film Board of Canada (CA)

Language: English / French / Danish
Technique: Paint on footage, 2D and 3D animation |VR Interactive, 6DoF / VR multi-user + projection
Length: VR 25 min. | Film 14 min.
Year of production: 2020 / 2021
VR technical: VIVE, VIVE Pro, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Rift S
Country of origin: Denmark, France, Canada


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Supported by: The Danish Film Institute, the West Danish Film Fund, the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée), Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Charente county council (as part of Pôle Image Magelis) The Animation Workshop / VIA University College and The Danish Arts Foundation.