VICTORIA

71', color, 16:9, surround 5.1, English, BE, 2020

directed and edited by Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Isabelle Tollenaere

starring Lashay T. Warren

photography Isabelle Tollenaere

sound recording Liesbeth De Ceulaer

sound design Kwinten Van Laethem

produced by Caviar

with the support of The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Canvas, Belgian Tax Shelter

Victoria was pitched at Visions du Réel, Nyon (CH) - Selection Pitching du Réel  2014 and at Camden FF (US) – Selection Points North Fellowship 2016

THE FRUIT TREE

in post-production

a short film by Isabelle Tollenaere

produced by Bo De Group, Menuetto Film

with the support of The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Belgian Tax Shelter

In The Fruit Tree a young woman, Sharleece, views a property to rent in the sleepy desert town where she lives, California City. Looking out of the window evokes unexpected memories of her childhood home in Los Angeles.

PUBLICATIONS

Article in BusinessDocEurope

Article in KnackFocus

Review in Cineuropa

Interview with Cineuropa

Article in Filmdienst

Article in Vertigo

Interview with Filmmagie

Interview with Knack Focus

Essay by Jordan Rowe

Review in Humo

Interview and review in De Standaard

Review in De Morgen

Review in Knack Focus

Interview with Cinevox

Interview with Bruzz

Interview with Klara

Interview with Radio 1

interview with Sabzian

Review in Rekto Verso

“Documentaries tend to capture a certain reality. With VICTORIA by Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth de Ceulaer and Isabelle Tollenaere, it’s different. There’s more. There’s dreams, thoughts, stories, and fantasies, there’s an exploration of an imaginary space: a turtle race, the beauty of water fountains in a dry land, black holes that lead to other galaxies, a past that may be somewhat shady, a future that might hold a promise. The film captures the everyday comings and goings of Lashay T. Warren, a young Black man from Los Angeles who has moved to California City, a huge, albeit decrepit place in the desert. At the same time, it immerses into Lashay’s ideas, dreams and reflections, renders them palpable, sharing authorship with him. While moving through the arid scenery, the film evokes the history of the European settlers in America in a casual manner, and it also alludes to film history with all its quests for a better life and its frontier mythology – and again, it does so in a very subtle fashion. The result is a rich and multilayered film, a perfect blend of humbleness, complexity and beauty.” 

(jury statement Indie Lisboa 2020)

THE FRUIT TREE

in post-production

a short film by Isabelle Tollenaere

produced by Bo De Group, Menuetto Film

with the support of The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Belgian Tax Shelter

In The Fruit Tree a young woman, Sharleece, views a property to rent in the sleepy desert town where she lives, California City. Looking out of the window evokes unexpected memories of her childhood home in Los Angeles.

PUBLICATIONS

Article in BusinessDocEurope

Article in KnackFocus

Review in Cineuropa

Interview with Cineuropa

Article in Filmdienst

Article in Vertigo

Interview with Filmmagie

Interview with Knack Focus

Essay by Jordan Rowe

Review in Humo

Interview and review in De Standaard

Review in De Morgen

Review in Knack Focus

Interview with Cinevox

Interview with Bruzz

Interview with Klara

Interview with Radio 1

interview with Sabzian

Review in Rekto Verso