by Alessandra Cardone

VENICE Adidas Wayne Simmonds Jersey , Italy, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Within the old buildings ofthe Lazzaretto Vecchio, audience members of the Venice FilmFestival patiently queued to watch a screening.

The Lazzaretto -- an abandoned 15th-century leper colony openfor the first time to the festival -- looked more like an artgallery than a cinema facility.

Yet, it was here where a competitive section devoted to virtualreality (VR) works of the 74th edition of the festival was setup.

With 22 titles in the competition, the VR program offeredvisitors three different areas to experience the new technology:first, a 50-seat theater where they could enjoy screenings onrotating white chairs allowing for a 360-degree view. Secondly,oculus stand ups to watch interactive works; and finally,installations.

Some 3,000 visitors were registered up to Sept. 4, according tofestival organizers.

Venice has thus become the first major film festival in theworld to include such a large and competitive program of VRworks.

Besides the experience itself, it opened a space to discuss whatVR means for the cinema industry, whether it would represent itswhole future, a part of it, or a new kind of medium overall.

"For me, virtual reality is clearly a new way of expression,"French author Mathieu Pradat told Xinhua after the screening of hisshort film "Proxima."

"When watching VR, you are not totally an actor inside themovie, but neither a passive spectator (as in a traditionalmovie)," he said. "It is a kind of in-between media form; but it isclearly not cinema, it is not the pure art of the frame."

Proxima, a 9-minute VR experience featuring French actor FabriceAdde, has the texture of a dream.

There is a naked man emerging from water, and a vibrant lightfollows, which he would never come to reach.

"The concept of the work comes from an old daydream about thefeeling I sometimes have of being able to understand the universe,"Pradat explained.

"Yet, it is just an instant; whenever I try to put my mind onthis, it immediately vanishes."

Filmgoers at the Lazzaretto can go through the most diverse VRexperiences. They can watch the short movie "Gomorra" -- from theItalian drama series about Naples' Camorra mafia -- and wander inthe city's suburbs, among young mafia gangsters and drugdealers.

They can immerse themselves in the short feature "Melita", andfollow a valiant Inuit female scientist and an advanced ArtificialIntelligence ally to find a suitable new planet for humans, afterthe world has collapsed due to climate change.

The audience can also empathize with animals, and the eco-systemoverall, with the animation film "Free Whale" by Chinese directorZhang Peibin, and "Chuang" (In the pictures) by Qing Shao.

In "La camera insabbiata" installation by American LaurieAnderson and Hsin-Chien Huang, one could lose oneself in a fullyinteractive, immersive, and sometimes disquieting, animationjourney.

A themed event within the second "Focus on China" Forum --co-organized by Xinhuanet, Venice Production Bridge, and theItalian National Association of Film, Audiovisual and MultimediaIndustries (ANICA) -- was also devoted to VR to assess the newtechnology, and how the most advanced VR applications weredeveloping.

Experts in the sector seemed to appreciate the efforts Venicehad put into the new medium.

"I have been working with virtual reality for about two yearsnow, and I can say this is probably the best VR festival in theworld," Tupac Martir, a visual designer, told Xinhua.

"The fact that it has been given its own venue here, the wayinstallations, stand ups, and the theater are set up, the commonarea for people to come and have a chat...the quality of is an amazing festival."

The VR competition's winners will be announced by a jury of fivecreative professionals, conferring three awards: best VR film,grand VR jury prize, and best VR creativity prize.

DHAKA, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Three bodies burned beyond recognition were found after Bangladesh's security forces stormed a militant hideout on Wednesday in capital, an official said.

Bangladesh's anti-crime elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan told reporters Wednesday that "three burned bodies were seen in a room on the fourth floor of the building."

The bodies could not be recovered due to sweltering heat caused by fire triggered by the blast on Tuesday, he said.

Khan said the suspected militants might have killed themselves in a series of explosions that rocked the militant hideout Tuesday night.

The blasts resulted in a big fire visible from far off areas.

Several units of fire fighters were seen to spray water on Wednesday morning at the building and assisted the law enforcers who resumed operation from 9:30 a.m. local time Wednesday with bomb disposal units and dog squads.

At least three heavy blasts were heard from inside the six-storey building since about 9:00 p.m. local time Tuesday night.

A huge blast inside the building tilted it towards one side.

At least four RAB personnel were injured last night due to the blasts.

RAB early Tuesday cordoned off the building in capital Dhaka, where militants were suspected of being holed up.

The raid came following information given by suspects of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) detained in a raid on a house in the country's central Tangail district, 97 km away from Dhaka, earlier in the night.

Security has been tightened in Bangladesh after militants attacked a Spanish cafe in Dhaka's Gulshan on July 1, which left 22 people, mostly foreigners, dead.

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