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, the film 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.