One Hour Real

Experimental-Documentary / Belgium; Netherlands 2016 / S16mm / 12min


Director: Miriam Gossing & Lina Sieckmann /

Produced by Elbe Stevens Films

Funded by Masterplan Filmtalent Limburg


One Hour Real explores the coulisses and facades of a contemporary free-time phenomenon, real-life escape games. These games originally emerged in Japan, and their popularity among players in Europe has recently snowballed. People let there self lock into rooms based on computer games or scenes from films Like „Saw“, „the Cube „or „the Mummy“  and try to get out in a certain amount of time. Virtual experiences of strain and  fear are transformed back into physical. In its unbiased observation of the automated mechanisms used in escape rooms, the film raises questions about surveillance, the human yearning to play, and the relation between imprisonment and desire, while deconstructing cinamatic effects of 90ies Horrormovies.