The Real Thing


Scotiabank Theatre 3 Tue, May 1, 2018 5:45 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Thu, May 3, 2018 4:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Sun, May 6, 2018 1:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:France
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Architecture, Design & Photography
Travel, Adventure & Exploration
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Benoît Felici
Producer(s):Olivier Mille
Benjamin Landsberger
Editor(s):Sophie Brunet
Cinematography:Bastian Esser
Composer:Pablo Pico


Las Vegas isn't the only city adorned with architectural replicas. Today, you can admire the London Bridge near Shanghai, visit St. Peter's Basilica in Côte d'Ivoire, or take selfies with one of China's Eiffel Towers. These large-scale copycat monuments can seem like mirages conceived by clever real estate investors, but what do they say about imaginary geographies, modern tourism and globalized urban planning? Do they herald a world where travellers won't cross borders, or are they proof of heightened cultural exchange and new transnational identities? A captivating and poetic meditation, The Real Thing elegantly journeys from one corner of the globe to the next—capturing a strange postcard here, an unexpected slice of life there—and collects philosophical musings from the people who design and inhabit those places. It creates an intriguing mirror game that plays with the viewer's perception and reflects an unexpected image of the world. Charlotte Selb

Co-presented with Design Exchange.

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