June 2021, distribution news

"Victoria"

by Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer & Isabelle Tollenaere. Opens September 2, 2021 accompanied by the Caligari Award tour

Over the course of two years in California City, a huge, eerie planned city in the desert that is cut off from Los Angeles by a mountain range, Victoria unfolds, en passant, a city map that eludes orientation: we see time passing, sandy streets being tended to, kids on their way to school and hanging out. Out of documentary images and phone videos taken by Warren, the protagonist, virtual views and a voiceover of his diary entries, an image of the city and a city of images are formed in parallel. The construction of reality becomes visible here, as does its potential for the poetic: a turtle race in the desert sand, fountains that gush from burst pipes, memories of Los Angeles surfacing during a virtual stroll with Google Maps, black holes as gateways to another galaxy.

Winner of the Caligari Film Award 2020 at the Berlinale Forum. The planned tour dates with Liesbeth De Ceulaer & Isabelle Tollenaere are:

2.9. Die Linse, Münster
3.9. fsk Kino, Berlin
4.9. Filmhaus Nürnberg
5.9. Karlstorkino, Heidelberg & Caligari FilmBühne, Wiesbaden
6.9. City 46, Bremen

Trailer and more information on the Berlinale homepage

Adventurers, gold seekers, stranded people - director's statement

Sofie Benoot was born in Bruges, Belgium in 1985. In 2007, she completed a master’s degree in Audiovisual Arts, specialising in documentary film, at the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. She now teaches there.

Liesbeth De Ceulaer was born in Diest, Belgium in 1985. She studied Audiovisual Arts, specialising in documentary film, at the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels.

Isabelle Tollenaere was born in Gent, Belgium in 1984. In 2007, she earned a master’s degree in Audiovisual Arts, specialising in documentary film, at the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels.

VICTORIA
Belgium 2020,  Running time: 71 Min. Language: English. Language Version: OV with German subtitles. Directed by Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Isabelle Tollenaere. Montage: Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Isabelle Tollenaere. Camera: Isabelle Tollenaere. Music: Lashay Warren, Annelies Van Dinter. Sound Design: Kwinten Van Laethem. Sound: Liesbeth De Ceulaer. With Lashay T. Warren, Sharleece Bourne, Mark Martinez, Ernest Dove, Markiece Glover, Elliot Lacey. Production: Bo De Group. Production Company: Caviar (Mechelen, Belgien).