Victoria is intense. Shot in a single continuous take for over 2 hours, from start to finish, this film follows a few hours in the life of a young and lonely Spanish woman, Victoria (Laia Costa) in Berlin, who leaves a nightclub and meets a group of “real Berlin guys” in the middle of the night. What was originally meant to be a fun night in town turns awry as Victoria becomes entangled with the private lives of the four German men, sending her on a whirlwind of violence, drugs and crime.
The hand-held camera work, along with zero cutting, makes you feel part of the action, witnessing events unmanipulated and first hand in the eyes of the hero character Victoria. You feel Victoria’s emotions unfold and her character develop on screen.
With the original screen play being just 12 pages long, a large part of the acting is improvised, making the film feel real and raw. Schipper and his cast rehearsed for 10 days before shooting the film in its entirety for the first time, traversing over 22 locations in downtown Berlin during the early hours from 4:30am to 7am.
Directed by German actor-turned-director Sebastian Schipper, Victoria won a Silver Bear for Cinematography at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Berliner Morgenpost Readers’ Jury Award, the Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas and was nominated Best Film at Sydney Film Festival (2015).
It features both English and German.
Don’t miss Victoria, airing Wednesday 19th October 8.30pm on World Movies.