Barry Gene Murphy & May Abdalla: Goliath: Playing With Reality

VORTEX. Virtual Reality Experiences and VR Cinema

September 22-25
Nave 17. Matadero

Goliath: Playing With Reality is a 25 minute animated VR experience about
schizophrenia, gaming and connection.

Created by Anagram in co-production with Floréal Films, directed by Barry Gene Murphy and May Abdalla, and winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Work at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, this project explores the limits of reality and a true story of mental health and the power of gaming through mind-bending animation.

Echo, narrated by Tilda Swinton, guides you through the many realities of Goliath, a man who spent years in isolating mental health institutions but finds connection in multiplayer games. Combining heart-felt dialogue, mesmerising visuals and symbolic interactions, it invites us to weave through multiple worlds to uncover Goliath’s poignant story.

Financed by the European Union-NextGenerationEU, through the Public Aid subsidy for the promotion of the video game sector and other forms of digital creation within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of the Ministry of Culture.