The tagline for “Victoria” says it all: one city, one night, one take. The sensation of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, where it took home three awards including the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution, is coming to the U.S. and a new trailer has arrived, so hang onto your seats.
Sebastian Schipper directs the film that kicks off when a party girl meets three men and gets caught up in a bank robbery. From there the pulse rate only increases in the film that our reviewer called “visceral, often exhilarating, [and] dynamic.” Here’s the synopsis from Berlin:
Victoria, a young Spanish woman, dances through the Berlin scene with abandon. She meets four mates outside a club who introduce themselves as Sonne, Boxer, Blinker and Fuß. They quickly get chatting. Sonne and Victoria take a fancy to each other and slip away from the group at the first opportunity. But their tender flirting is rudely interrupted by the others because, for these pals, the night is far from over. To settle an old debt they have to pull off a dodgy deal. And because one of them is too drunk, they decide that Victoria, of all people, should take over the role of driver. What began as a game suddenly becomes deadly serious.
Working from his own script, actor and director Sebastian Schipper tells the story of a breathless night on the streets of the metropolis. The camera seamlessly intertwines the passing of time and numerous locations, placing the audience right in the centre of the action. Alongside the audacious gang, we gaze out across the city from tower block roofs, saunter along deserted pavements and hide out in secluded courtyards as apparently random events coalesce into a dramatic tour de force.