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Victoria

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One shot, two hours, total triumph

Guardian

There are some films that just take you completely by surprise and leave you absolutely breathless – Victoria is one of those films.

Incredibly shot in one continuous take, Sebastian Schipper’s film lulls you down the path of being a romantic drama before suddenly shifting gears into a heart-stopping thriller. The film follows a young woman from Madrid who, on her way home from a club in Berlin, meets four local guys who promise to show her a good time. But these boys have got themselves into hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favour that needs repaying that evening. As Victoria’s flirtation with Sonne begins developing into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. As the night rolls on, what started out as a good time, quickly spirals out of control.

An immersive experience, Victoria’s ambitious and authentic production gave it a much deserved Silver Bear award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Cinematography at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, and it’s a film that you will almost certainly have to see more than once, not just because it is so well made but also to figure out just how they did it.    

Screening as part of our Berlin Season marking the release of our June Spotlight film Berlin Syndrome, to find out more click here.

WARNING: This film contains flashing lights that may not be suitable for viewers with photosensitive epilepsy. 

BBFC Advice: This film contains strong language & drug use.

 

Director(s): Sebastian Schipper   Country of Origin: Germany Language(s):In German (subtitles in English) 
Year: 2015   Running Time: 2hr 18 mins  
BBFC Advice: 15 No children under 15 may watch this film.  

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Film Club said...

Victoria is a very unusual film that is shot in a single take lasting more than two hours. The setting is present day Berlin in the early hours of one morning. A young Spanish girl meets a group of four young men in a night club and joins them in a night that starts promisingly enough but which slowly descends into horror.

The use of just one single take and just one hand held camera certainly gives the film the intimacy that wouldn’t have been achieved with a more traditional shoot and the viewer (or should it be voyeur) really gets close to understanding the thoughts, fears and motives of the leading players. There are some very good scenes, most notably of panic and the climax is both tense and tragic. Length was certainly an issue and the film did start slowly which lessened the overall effect.6+/10

1 year ago


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Brian Robinson said...

What a stunning film , my heart was in my mouth from about an hour in , totally engaged with the Berlin night life characters , the one take worked so well , but not as a gimmick , everyone must see this , and the wonderful nils frahm sound track was excellent

1 year ago

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