Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Isabelle Tollenaere / 71´ / 2020 / República Checa, Bélgica

Direction: Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Isabelle Tollenaere

Production: Caviar

Cinematography: Isabelle Tollenaere

Editing: Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Isabelle Tollenaere

Sound: Liesbeth De Ceulaer

In the desert of Southern California, lies the unfinished city of California City. A predesigned city, originally intended to mirror Los Angeles in size and population, but it was never completed. Lashay T. Warren, left behind his turbulent past in LA to make a fresh start within this grid of thousands of crumbling streets.

SOFIE BENOOTs films are patchworks of different stories, which are carefully puzzled together to reveal hidden connections. Blue Meridian (2010) and Desert Haze (2014) played at Visions du Réel, Camden IFF, Torino FF, Doclisboa and BAFICI. She teaches at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels.


LIESBETH DE CEULAERs films explore the tense and complex relationship between man and his environment. The Best Act on the Isle (2008) and Behind the Redwood Curtain (2013) have been shown on festivals such as Docville (Best Belgian Doc) or Hot Springs DFF.

ISABELLE TOLLENAEREs films playfully move between the codes and conventions of documentary and fiction, film and contemporary art. Viva Paradis (2011), Battles (2015) and The Remembered Film (2018) have been presented at IFFR (Fipresci award 2015), Centre Pompidou, Viennale, Visions Du Réel, FID Marseille, IDFA, CPH:DOX, 25FPS (Grand Jury Prize 2018).