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Victoria

Directed by Sebastian Schipper
Germany, 2015
Drama
  • English, German
  • English

Synopsis

Victoria is a Spanish girl in Berlin. She meets four mates outside a club who introduce themselves as Sonne, Boxer, Blinker and Fuß. Victoria and Sonne start to flirt. The problem is that Sonne has to finish a little job with his gang, and they decide to take Victoria with them. A long night ensues.

Our take

An entire drama shot in a single camera movement? It’s not only possible, it’s thrilling. Few films in recent memory have used the long take to such a audacious extreme as Victoria, a bravura, serpentine tour of a single night in Berlin held in the camera’s taut suspense.

Victoria Directed by Sebastian Schipper

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2015 | 3 wins including: Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas

European Film Awards

2015 | 4 nominations including: Audience Award

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2017 | Nominee: Foreign Language Film of the Year

2017 | Winner: Technical Achievement of the Year

Schipper’s low-budget drama about a reckless young girl’s excursion into the world of crime would be an ordinary enough affair were it not for the astonishing fact that he and cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen shot the whole film in a single take, roaming the streets of Berlin to encompass 22 different locations en route. Bolstered by an atmospheric score by Nils Frahm and masterful performances by its young leads… the result is a lively and engrossing exercise in creative swagger.
March 04, 2016
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Armrest-clenching adrenaline and the impulsivity of Berlin’s “anything goes” hedonism combine with technical virtuosity in Sebastian Schipper’s impressive arthouse twist on the heist movie. In one long, exhilarating take in real time through 22 locations and with a pounding electronic soundtrack by Nils Frahm Victoria reels us along with a Spanish ex-pat (Laia Costa) from a night out clubbing into a bank robbery with sensitive tough Sonne (Frederick Lau) and his friends.
November 27, 2015
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Victoria is unthinkable without Sturla Brandth Grøvlen’s unfailingly dazzling camera work, which earned him a deserved Silver Bear at this year’s Berlinale, as well as the first slot in the film’s closing credits. A covert member of the group and participant in every action, his versatile camera injects each scene with the requisite mood, conveying Victoria’s shifting frame of mind.
October 09, 2015
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