February 2020, berlinale forum

Caligari Prize for "Victoria"

VICTORIA by Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer and Isabelle Tollenaere receives this year's Caligari Award.

The jurors Lena Martin, Dagmar Kamlah and Thomas Klein said: "California City, the failed vision of a metropolis from an investor in the 1950s, forms the setting for a new beginning by an Afro-American family resettled from Los Angeles. Taking everyday life and spontaneous experiences as their basis, the filmmakers accompany the young father of the family. A hybrid documentary develops from this with fiction-film elements. Not only does Lashay T. Warren use his smartphone creatively for the relocation, but also enters linguistically into a remarkable dialogue with the absurd place in the desert. By insisting on and communicating from a subjective perspective, VICTORIA poses existential questions about urbanity and precarious living conditions, and creates new hope out of nothingness contrary to all the expectations."

The Prize, presented by the German Association of Municipal and Cultural Cinemas in cooperation with filmdienst.de, includes a €4,000 endowment, half of which is given to the award recipient while the other half is used to fund the distribution of the winning film in Germany.