“AutolandD” tells four fictional short stories about the love Germans feel for their cars. The humorous, entertaining films were produced and recorded for a specially developed 120° curved panorama LED screen that offers audiences a completely new viewing experience. At the heart of the short stories are the protagonists Peter, Lotte, Anna and Benedikt, who each have their own special relationship to cars.
The four short films shown in the new cinema in the GroupForum can be seen on a high-definition screen specifically designed for the Autostadt. On a curved LED screen measuring 21x4 metres more than 15 million pixels create an image that spans the entire 120° range of human vision. The sound system is based on wave field synthesis and was installed in the Autostadt in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute. Sound fills the room from a virtual source, and the system makes it possible to produce different spatial and audio situations. More than 90 loudspeakers, together with the curved LED screen, create a unique audiovisual experience. The new technology in the revamped former 360° cinema can be used for different kinds of productions and allows for innovative film and sound formats. "Autoland D" now showing in the Panorama Cinema is made up of four short films that document the relationship between people and their cars and explore divergent worlds. Visitors accompany Peter as he reminisces about the 1950s and his chance discovery, an old Porsche much in need of restoration. Audiences experience the highs and lows of Formula Student, where students build their own race car and compete against teams from around the world, through the eyes of the young e-racing driver Lotte. Anna tries long and hard to persuade a used-car dealer to sell her a vintage VW T1 at a reduced price. Benedikt is a traffic planner whose work is inspired by examples taken from nature. The concept of the first four "Autoland D" films embraces a flexible, open format. The goal is to react to current themes and keep continuously developing the Panorama Cinema.
“Autoland D” was created by Swiss director Thomas Dirnhofer. Dirnhofer, who has made many documentary films, music videos and advertisements, was both cinematographer and director for the film. His award-winning work has been honoured at many festivals, including the Art Directors Club Germany, the Global Awards and the Cannes Lions Festival.