Germany 2015

Synopsis

On a night out in Berlin, Victoria meets four young local guys – after joining their group, she becomes their driver when they rob a bank. Finally, as dawn breaks, everyone meets their destiny.

Directors Statement

This film is not a movie; it’s not about a bank robbery. It is bank robbery. VICTORIA was shot in one single take. Two hours and fourteen minutes. No cuts. No cheap tricks. No expensive ones either. Just one shot. On 27 April 2014, we started the camera a little after 4:30am in a club we’d built ourselves (in order to keep locations close to each other), and after 2 hours and 14 minutes – after we’d run, walked, strolled and climbed through 22 locations, had more than 150 extras handled by 6 assistant directors and seven actors followed in succession by 3 sound crews - we were done - at 06:54 am. The sun had slowly risen while we filmed, and Laia Costa finally walked away from our cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, who looked like he had just run a marathon. Well, he had. We all had.
Why did we do it? It’s crazy. A little stupid, too. Well, why do people rob banks? For the money! Of course! But maybe it’s not the only reason.
The first thought I ever had about this project was that I realised that in my life I would never rob a bank. And I didn’t like the thought. I believe it would be an experience like no other. Not hurting, wounding or even kidnapping people, but to enter a zone – dark and full of fear – to take a gun and demand everything, right away. To receive – not because you deserve it; not because you behaved well or worked hard – but to fast forward and demand it all: Right now! Right here!
Hemingway wanted to shoot an elephant. He knew it was the ultimate sin, but he did it anyway. Or maybe that’s why he did it.
So, there it was: the idea to rob a bank; and the knowledge that we weren’t robbers but filmmakers. But what if we were to shoot the entire film in one single take? The hour before the robbery – and the hour afterwards? That’s how we meet the characters, hear their stories, feel their hopes, their despair, their urge to do one defining thing, one thing that will change it all. And also: why is it that there are so many films about bank robberies, and yet so very few that really make you feel the experience?
And isn’t that, at heart, what it’s really about? Not the robbery. Not a movie about a robbery. Not even a movie about a robbery without a cut. But... the trip.
And the more I think about it, the more I believe that’s why we even watch films to begin with: deep down it’s not about stories, action, jokes and characters, but about going somewhere and doing the undoable, demanding it all - Right now! Right here!
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Cast & Crew

Directed by : Sebastian Schipper

Written by : Sebastian Schipper, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Eike F. Schulz

Produced by : Jan Dressler, Sebastian Schipper

Director of Photography : Sturla Brandth Grøvlen

Production Design : Ulrich Friedrichs

Costume Design : Stefanie Jauss

Composer : Nils Frahm

Sound Design : Magnus Pflüger, Matthias Lempert, Fabian Schmidt

Main Cast : Laia Costa (Victoria), Frederick Lau (Sonne), Franz Rogowski (Boxer), Burak Yigit (Blinker), Max Mauff (Fuß), André M. Hennicke (Andi)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Actress 2015
  • European Director 2015
  • European Film 2015
  • People's Choice Award 2015
  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2015