When Respawn Entertainment and Oculus Studio created 2020’s Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond it wasn’t just a wall-to-wall WWII first-person shooter, the studios wanted to honour those that fought by helping to create several short documentaries. One of those was Colette, which has received an Oscar nomination. If you’ve not played the videogame, this week sees the arrival of Colette on Oculus TV so you don’t need to.
Directed by filmmaker Anthony Giacchino and producer Alice Doyard, Colette follows one of the last surviving members of the French resistance, 92-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine. “As a young girl, Colette Marin-Catherine fought the Nazis as a member of the French Resistance. Since 1945, she has refused to set foot in Germany. That changes when a history student named Lucie enters her life and encourages her to visit the concentration camp where the Nazis killed her brother,” explains the synopsis.
While Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond launched in later 2020, Colette originally premiered much earlier at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in February of that year, winning Best Documentary Short in the process. The 24-minute film was acquired by the UK’s Guardian newspaper so you can see the film below via YouTube if you so wish.
Through the Oculus TV app its still in a 2D format, there’s no special 3D/stereoscopic version available, with the app supporting the Oculus Quest platform. You’ll need to ensure the app is updated to the latest version (v2.24) to find Colette in the listings.
It’s the first time a videogame company has received an Oscar nomination, with Colette joining four others in the Best Documentary Short Subject category. These are:
- “A Concerto Is a Conversation,” Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers
- “Do Not Split,” Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook
- “Hunger Ward,” Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman
- “A Love Song for Latasha,” Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan
The Oscar’s take place this Sunday, 25th April if you’re interested in watching. For all the latest VR updates, keep reading VRFocus.