Level Five by Chris Marker (France, 1996, 106 min.).
An elaborate, colorful patchwork of mesmerizing, pixelated images, this film follows a video game developer named Laura works on a game about the Battle of Okinawa—a tragedy practically unknown in the West, but whose development played a decisive role in World War II. While working on Okinawa and meeting through a rather unusual network parallel to the Internet, informants and even eye-witnesses to the battle help Laura gather pieces of the tragedy, until they start to interfere with her own life. Level Five prefigures Marker’s fascination with digital worlds, which he also explored in installations, interactive CD-ROMs, and later, digital platforms. In French, Japanese, and English with English subtitles.
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