THE WORLD IS MINE

Documentary film, 68 mins, 2017.

 

In cosplay of the Japanese cyber diva Hatsune Miku, the director moves to Tokyo, seeking an identity in the world of Miku fanatics, where she is drawn into a love affair with one of the fans. Miku is a Vocaloid, a vocal synthesizer software personified by a cute animated character. Her entire persona: lyrics, music and animation – is fan created, and that's her charm.  She even performs sold out concerts as a hologram. By transforming herself into a Miku character through cosplay, Oren enters a world of real hardcore fans where fantasy is more real than reality and the differentiation between the two becomes obsolete.

The film examines the performative nature of cosplaying – dressing up and playing the role of fictional characters – as a hybrid space where reality blurs into fetishistic fantasies and pop culture clichés. Combining fan-made lyrics and songs, Oren's trials and tribulations in the fictional Miku world unfolds through vague erotic episodes and encounters with characters whose ontological status remains mysterious, bringing to mind the adventures of a modern Alice in a virtual Wonderland.

“I sleep inside the display that depicts the end. And in that end, I will sing a song that only you wanted to hear.“ - Hatsune Miku

 



Festival highlights:
New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland.  
DokLeipzig
Locarno Festival (with The Parders).
New Orleans Film Festival.
Tartu World Film Festival, Estonia.
NewFilmmakers New York, Anthology Film Archives, new York.
Vilnius Documentary Film Festival.


*Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK) Video collection.

Awards:
B3 Moving Image Biennial, Frankfurt. *Best Artwork Award (as video installation)
DOKer Moscow International Documentary Film Festival. * Best IT documentary award.
Epos Film Festival, Tel-Aviv Museum. * Winner Israeli Films Competition



 

 

 

Director: Ann Oren

Producers:

Ann Oren

Motomi Haruyama

Dafne Narvaez Berlfein

Editors:

Isabell Spengler

Ann Oren

Cinematographer:

Hiroki Iwai

Sound Design and original Score:

Manuela Schinina

Featuring Songs by:

yukky

Online Editor:

Steve Sebban

Sound Mixer:

John Moros