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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.

september 2020, distribution news

"Olanda"

by Bernd Schoch

OLANDA opens on the starry sky over Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. The first two images mark the dimensions to which the film is dedicated: on the one hand, details and delicate structures; on the other, constellations and the big picture. At the center of the documentary is a seasonal economic commodity of the region: the mushroom. No one is more closely attuned to it than the mushroom collectors, and the film stays mainly with them, following them on walks through the forest, at their camps and in their conversations. From here the film follows the rhizome-like branches that spread out ever further in the form of money. Beyond an analysis of economic structures, however, the film is also a sensory document of the rhythm of everyday life in the forest as experienced by the collectors.

september 2020, distribution news

"The Two Sights"

by Joshua Bonnetta

The closing titles say The Two Sights was “collected” on various islands of the Outer Hebrides from 2017–19, but what does the film gather? There are the images, captured on a 16mm camera, which survey all this ravishing landscape contains, taking in its rocky cliffs, beaches and plains, alighting on its flora and fauna and the houses and ships sprinkled over it, picking out currents, reflections and shifts in light. Then there are the sounds, recorded with the mic visible in the first shots, keening birds, the roaring wind, the crashing, gurgling, trickling of the water.