Sebastian Schipper’s “Victoria” was among the most technically impressive films of 2015, impressively unfolding in a single, 138-minute take. (Even more impressive: The drama, about one woman’s night in Berlin that starts in a drunken haze and ends with a burst of crime and violence, transcended its virtuosic cinematography and wasn’t gimmicky in the slightest.) It wasn’t just festivals and critics who were wowed, apparently, as Darren Aronofsky will be producing the German director’s “Undeniable,” an adaptation of Jessica Stern’s memoir “Denial.”
Stern’s memoirs detail her and her sister’s sexual assault at the age of 15, a crime that was met with skepticism by police; decades later, Stern researched her own case and sussed out its larger implications. Abi Morgan (“Shame,” “The Iron Lady”) will be handling screenplay duties, though Schipper wrote an early draft himself.
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The news was first reported by Cineuropa. Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “The Wrestler”) was president of the jury at the Berlin Film Festival last year, where “Victoria” premiered (and, unsurprisingly, received the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Sturla Brandth Grøvle’s cinematography.
For more, watch the “Victoria” trailer: