Two French virtual reality documentaries in the running for an Emmy Award


No red carpet – and no public because of Covid-19 -, but there will be a statuette to conquer at the end of the night. The Emmy Award for Virtual Reality Production of the Year (” Outstanding Original Interactive Program ”) Will return on the night of Wednesday to Thursday to one of the three documentaries preselected this summer by a jury.

This young category is assigned a few days before the big Sunday ceremony (still) reserved for television, but which will take place entirely online because of the pandemic.

“The Messy Truth”, a big production by Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson on racial discrimination in the United States, faces two surprising opponents from a small Parisian studio: Targo.

Thanks to their broadcast on Oculus TV, Facebook’s virtual reality video service, the two 360 ° documentaries produced by Chloé Rochereuil have validated their ticket for this essentially American competition.

Confinement, Notre-Dame …

“Rebuilding Notre Dame” tells the story of the fate of the famous cathedral before and after the fire that moved the whole world. “When We Stayed Home”, for its part, features the empty streets of Paris, Venice, Tokyo and Jerusalem in full confinement.

VIDEO. The trailer for Rebuilding Notre Dame

“We are happy to have managed to place two projects in the final, but it will be tense to win because we then had to campaign from a distance without knowing who votes and how,” explains director Chloé Rochereuil.

Designed for an international audience, the two very general public documentaries have exceeded 100,000 views each on broadcasting platforms. But the members of the Television Academy could well decide for a work more linked to the news, while the United States is shaken by anti-racism movements after the death of George Floyd.

“In addition to receiving a symbolic statuette, a victory would open the doors to the American market, which is obsessed with rewards”, hopes Victor Agulhon, boss of Targo and producer of the two films.

The studio is already working on two new productions with great potential: a behind-the-scenes exploration of the Paris Opera and another documentary on the daily life of a French prison for women.

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