Following the likes of “Last Days in the Desert,” “Risen” and “Ben-Hur,” 2016 is about to see another film about Jesus — albeit of a different kind. “Jesus VR: The Story of Christ,” a feature-length 360-degree movie, is set to screen in an abbreviated form at the Venice Film Festival.
“We are particularly pleased about the opportunity to present the first feature film in the world made entirely for virtual reality,” said festival director Alberto Barbera. “‘Jesus VR’ will serve to demonstrate the narrative and dramatic potential of the new technology, which has since been limited to short movies.” The news comes just days after “Passion of the Christ” director Mel Gibson confirmed that he and screenwriter Randall Wallace are working on “The Resurrection,” a follow-up to their massively successful 2004 film. Continued Barbera, “The fact is of particular value, considering this is the year in which the recently renamed Venice Production Bridges is presenting six VR projects among the 40 proposals of audiovisual projects in search of funding, which includes films, documentaries, TV series and web series.”
40 minutes of “Jesus VR” (which runs a total of 90) will screen. This year’s edition of the Venice Film Festival, its 73rd, began today and runs until September 10.