This year’s Oscar hopefuls include some names you might not expect among the nominees: Respawn Entertainment and Oculus Studios.
No, the publisher of video games “Titanfall” and “Apex Legends,” and Facebook’s virtual reality studio are not nominated for best visual effects. “Colette,” a short film the companies co-produced along with the U.K. media outlet The Guardian, is nominated for best short documentary at the Academy Awards, being doled out Sunday.
The 25-minute film tells the story of Colette Marin-Catherine, 92, who was part of the French resistance during World War II. Along with French history student Lucie Fouble, she visits the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp in Germany where her brother Jean-Pierre had died in 1945, three weeks before allied troops freed prisoners there.
“The idea that a gaming company partners with a news organization to release this – is a first,” the film’s writer and director Anthony Giacchino told The Hollywood Reporter. “That’s never happened before [and] it’s pretty amazing to me.”
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“Colette” is one of several short films and interviews of real WWII veterans in the game ($59.99), available in the Oculus and Steam game stores. But you can watch “Colette” for free on Oculus TV. and on The Guardian’s website.
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