2021ONLINE EDITION

VICTORIA

VICTORIA

Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Isabelle Tollenaere | Belgien, USA 2020 | 75 Min. | OmeU

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In der Wüste Südkaliforniens liegt California City, eine in den 1950er Jahren geplante Stadt, die Los Angeles in Größe und Einwohner*innenzahl Konkurrenz machen sollte. Einige wenige Siedlungen, in den Sand gezogene Straßenzüge und verblasste Straßenschilder erinnern an die Mega-City, die nie fertiggestellt wurde. Vor dieser abstrakten Kulisse lernen wir Lashay kennen, der seine turbulente Vergangenheit in L.A. hinter sich gelassen hat und mit seiner Familie hierher gezogen ist, um einen Neuanfang zu wagen.

VICTORIA vermittelt in metaphorischen Bildcollagen einen ebenso dystopischen wie skurrilen Einblick in das Leben der wenigen Bewohner*innen dieser vergessenen Stadt, in die uns Lashay auf seinen Streifzügen durch die Halbwildnis mitnimmt.

Directors, Editors: Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Isabelle Tollenaere
Producer: Dimitri Verbeeck
Cinematographer: Isabelle Tollenaere
Sound: Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Kwinten Van Laethem, Lashay Warren, Annelies Van Dinter
Colour Grading: Olivier Ogneux

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Screenings and Awards
Berlin IFF 2020 – Forum – Caligari Award, Indie Lisboa – TVCine Award, Olhar de Cinema – Special Jury Award, Open City London – Open City Award, PlayDoc – Best Play Doc Picture, Beldocs – Special Jury Mention, Docville – Best Belgian Film, Jean Rouch IFF – Award for Anthropology, Belfort IFF, Kasseler Doc Fest, San Francisco DFF, FICUNAM, ARICA DOC CHILE, Big Sky IDFF,


Biographies

Sofie Benoot lives and works in Brussels. Her films are patchworks of different stories, which are carefully puzzled together to reveal hidden connections. Fronterismo (2007), Blue Meridian (2010), and Desert Haze (2014) played at internationally renowned film festivals such as Visions du Réel, Camden International Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Doclisboa, and BAFICI. She teaches at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels.

Liesbeth de Ceulaer is a Belgian independent filmmaker based in Brussels, whose films explore the tense and complex relationship between man and his environment. These cinematic explorations lead us into captivating worlds, in which documentary and fiction are in continuous exchange. The Best Act on the Isle (2008) and Behind the Redwood Curtain (2013) has been shown on film festivals such as Docville (B.E., Jury Prize Best Belgian Documentary), Hamptons International Film Festival (USA), Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (USA), GIFF (KOR), Ânûû-rû Âboro – Festival International du Cinéma du Peuple (N.C.). 

Isabelle Tollenaere is an independent filmmaker from Belgium, making short and feature-length films that playfully move between the codes and conventions of documentary and fiction, film, and contemporary art. Her work deals with the connections between the current shifts in reality and the memory of the past. Recent titles include Viva Paradis (2011, short), Battles (2015, feature-length), and The Remembered Film (2018, short). Her films have been widely presented, amongst others at IFFR (Fipresci award 2015), Centre Pompidou, Viennale, Visions Du Réel, FID Marseille, IDFA, CPH:DOX, 25FPS (Grand Jury Prize 2018), EMAF, Dokufest Kosovo, Ji.hlava, and many others.