Culture VR - The Real Thing / Archi-vrai

The Real Thing / Archi-vrai


The Real Thing is a VR journey into a copy of our world.

Around China’s largest cities, entire neighbourhoods have been inspired by foreign models. The film explores the most stunning of these “fake cities”. It travels from Paris to London and Venice – without leaving China.

The inhabitants guide us in the parallel world where they have chosen to live. As VR leads the way to virtual tourism, copycat cities compete to offer a real experience of static travel.

Walking the thin line between reality and virtuality, this documentary combines both to enhance a whole new feeling of ubiquity.



This film is part of the VR Selection of the Institut français, which offers members of France’s overseas cultural network (the cultural services of French embassies, Instituts français and Alliances Françaises) a selection of French virtual reality contents for non-commercial use, within their venues or those of their partners.


The Real Thing / Archi-vrai

Benoit Felici

Benoit Felici is a French-Italian filmmaker graduated from the ZeLIG film school in Italy. He is currently directing a cross-media project with ARTE (a document...  
The Real Thing / Archi-vrai

Diversion cinema

We specialize in showcasing and distributing immersive content Since 2016, Diversion cinema creates and operates virtual reality showcasing spaces for companies...  
The Real Thing / Archi-vrai

Paul Bouchard

Acquisitions Manager, Distribution Manager, Distributor Abroad for Diversion Cinema  



Sheffield International Documentary Festival


Taipei International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival

FNC exPLore

VR Days

360 Film Festival

Tromsoø International Film Festival


Glasgow Film Festival

Lichter Film Festival



Strano Film Festival


Passive 360° video

Description : The easiest format to set up and exhibit.

Platform compatibilty : Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, others

Technical Requirements : VR Headset, Swivel stool/chair, Compatible smartphone or desktop PC, Charger, Internet connection

Tutorial : watch here

User Mediation: 1 person for 10 to 20 VR stations