Chain–link, 2021–2022, video, sound, 90 minutes

In order to escape a prison under constant and total surveillance—Copy, a jaded clone, and Matisse, a sensitive art forger—must strike an uneasy alliance with their malevolent AI surveiller. Along the way they encounter a sentient program enslaved in the prison’s lab-grown meat farm, a tormented being who may hold the key to their escape.

Filmed inside the virtual world of Grand Theft Auto V, this feature-length machinima makes use of hacks and mods to stage scenes in existing environments, subverting the game’s own camera and narrative to produce a story of liberation.

Click to read an interview with Matteo Bittanti about the film for VRAL.