Given the huge scope of its program and the competing interests between press and buyers torn between arthouse and commercial instincts, Berlin tends not to be the 'buzziest' of the big festivals. Eyes are just pulled in too many directions for a title to often emerge as a consensus builder there but it does happen, still, and if there was one title this year that generated a lot of chatter from critics and distributors alike it was Sebastian Schipper's Victoria.
Billed as a single take action film, it's something of a technical marvel while also showing the sort of deft balance of character and adrenaline that ... well, the last time I recall a German director going down this sort of road with this sort of result it was Tom Tykwer with Run Lola Run. And that's saying something.
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
Don't take my word for it, though. A trailer is now online for Victoria, check that out below.