Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Victoria + Q&A

Director Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Isabelle Tollenaere, 2020, Country Belgium, Duration 71, Previous Festivals & Awards Berlin IFF 2020, Indie Lisboa, Olhar de Cinema, PlayDoc Galicia, Date Event has passed

A sparsely-inhabited, half-constructed settlement located deep in the Mojave desert, California City was intended to be a major urban centre rivalling Los Angeles had it been completed. Lashay T. Warren has left his turbulent life in L.A. to live there, looking to make a fresh start amongst its crumbling buildings. As they work to rebuild the city, Lashay and his conservation corp companions roam the vacant streets, finding fragments of beauty and poetry amongst the ruins. His collected images and journal entries come together in Benoot, De Ceulaer, and Tollenaere’s charming film to form a lyrical, sometimes surreal filmic diary of life on a forgotten frontier.

UK Premiere

Screens with: Dadli
Shabier Kirchner | 2018 | Antigua and Barbuda | 14’

Screening includes a Q&A with directors Sofie Benoot and Liesbeth De Ceulaer, hosted by Jordan Rowe.

Read an essay on Victoria by Jordan Rowe.

In Partnership with Urban Lab Films.

Available: Block 1 (Wed 9th Sept midday – Sat 12th Sept midnight BST)

Please note: this film is only available to view in the UK.