new Victoria trailer

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. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we rob a bank in one take, wonder how many quotes we remember from NBA Jam, fight the power, hit puberty running, and wonder whatever happened to The Family Learning Channel.

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Victoria trailer

The action film Victoria premiered recently in Berlin and immediately drew attention for being a true single-take project. The film, by director Sebastian Schipper and cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, won an Outstanding Artistic Contribution Silver Bear, which was handed to Grovelen. While handing over the trophy jury president Darren Aronofsky said “This film rocked my world,” which might be all you need to read.

The film follows a young woman named Victoria (Laia Costa), who is drawn into a late-night escapade with some guys she meets in Berlin, one a romantic interest played by Frederick Lau, the others associates of his. Here’s the first Victoria trailer, which only hints at the action, but shows that Costa and Lau definitely have chemistry together. Read More »

International Movie Trailer: Tom Tykwer’s ‘Drei’

After faltering with The International, acclaimed and very interesting filmmaker Tom Tykwer has made his first German film in several years. The movie is Drei (Three) and we’ve seen a couple of stills in the past months, but haven’t had a lot of info. Turns out there’s a German trailer for the film, and while half the clip will be inscrutable for those who don’t speak German (like me) there’s enough material here to give you some idea of what the film offers. Read More »

First Look: Tom Tykwer’s Drei (aka Three)

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg has released the first four photos from Tom Tykwer‘s new film Drei (English translation: Three), a contemporary love story set in current day Berlin which is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The film is Tykwer’s first German project in a decade, and the first movie he has written himself since 2000. Here is the official plot synopsis:

THREE is about Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties who lives together in Berlin. Unknown to each other they both become acquainted with Adam, a younger man – and fall in love with him. When Hanna becomes pregnant, their whistle gets blown – and the question pops up: Who is the father? THREE is a tragicomical movie about love, morals and the sexes in a late-modernist German society at the mercy of its mixed feelings.

The cast includes German actors Sophie Rois, Devid Striesow and Sebastian Schipper. Tykwer has a great visual style. I’m a big fan of his earlier work like Run Lola Run, The Princess and the Warrior, and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, but many were not impressed with The International. Hit the jump to see the photos.

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