Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Victoria started doing the rounds at festivals early this year, and I’ve talked to more and more people who really admire it, and at times even love it, after it plays each successive festival. What’s the big deal? In this case, it’s that the film was captured in one single shot, running over two hours. And, while part of me thinks 2+ hours is a long time to watch a single-take experiment, the rest of me is totally game for it.
Here’s what the distributor is saying as part of the official blurb for the film: “This film is not a movie; it’s not about a bank robbery. It is bank robbery. “Victoria” was shot in one single take. Two hours and eighteen minutes. No cuts. No CGI. No cheap tricks. No expensive ones, either. Just one shot.” Does that work? The new Victoria trailer has the advantage of cuts, so you won’t exactly be able to tell from this footage, but have a look anyway.
Victoria opens on October 9. Sebastian Schipper directs; Laia Costa and Frederick Lau star. Trailer via Adopt Films.
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Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local Berliners outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these lads have gotten themselves into hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favor that requires repaying that evening. As Victoria’s flirtation with Sonne deepens into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. And later, when things become more ominous and possibly lethally dangerous for Sonne, she insists on coming along. As the night takes on an ever more menacing character, what started out as a good time, quickly spirals out of control. As dawn approaches, Victoria and Sonne address the inevitable: it’s all or nothing and they abandon themselves to a heart-stopping race into the depths of hell.