Isle of the Dead

Benjamin Nuel

France 2019, 8 min.

VR, Fiction

Spoken language: English

Dutch premiere

Festival year: 2019

Böcklin’s mysterious Isle of the Dead is one of the most often reproduced paintings in the history of art. It fascinated Lenin and Hitler, Freud and Clémenceau, and inspired both Dali and Scorsese. The painting represents the final journey as described in Greek mythology, as the boatman Charon accompanies the dead to the underworld on the other side of the river Styx.


This experience proposes something unthinkable: join Charon and travel to the very portal of the underworld. The journey starts in a comfortable, cosy, modern apartment. Suddenly the world around you starts to break up: walls and surfaces crack, crumble and fall into the dark waters of the end of time. In an inescapable forward motion propelled by the collapse of everything around us, we glide across the water, petrified, towards the Isle of the Dead. A hypnotic journey filled with lugubrious poetry and architectural visions from another age, set to the powerful symphonic poem of Rachmaninov.



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This VR-film can be seen FOR FREE at Filmhuis Den Haag Studio A on:

23 - 24 March: 15.00 - 21.00
25 - 28 March: 17.00 - 21.00
29 - 30 March: 15.00 - 21.00