From Bonnie Parker to Patty Hearst, women have been robbing banks with cunning and callousness. GOETHE FILMS investigates female criminal gumption from Tykwer’s 1998 classic RUN LOLA RUN that launched Franka Potente’s international career to last year’s one-shot Berlin wonder VICTORIA.
VICTORIA (Germany 2015, 138 min), directed by Sebastian Schipper, with Laia Costa, Frederik Lau & Franz Rogowski
Berlin International Film Festival 2015
Winner of the German Film Awards 2015 in six categories
Victoria, a young Spanish woman, dances through the Berlin scene with abandon. She meets a group of four friends outside a club and they quickly get chatting. Victoria takes a fancy to one of them and they slip away at the first opportunity. But their tender flirting is rudely interrupted by the others because for them, the night is far from over. To settle an old debt they have to pull off a dodgy deal and decide that Victoria, of all people, should drive the getaway car. What began as a game suddenly becomes dead serious.
In one single continuous take, VICTORIA tells the story of a breathless night on the streets of Berlin, where apparently random events coalesce into a dramatic tour de force.
“A lively and engrossing exercise in creative swagger.” – Sight & Sound
Sebastian Schipper was born in Hanover in 1968 and studied acting in Munich, where he subsequently spent two years in the Munich Kammerspiele ensemble. He has appeared in films by Sönke Wortmann, Tom Tykwer, Romuald Karmakar and Anthony Minghella. His directing debut, GIGANTIC, for which as in all his other directing work he also wrote the screenplay, won the German Film Prize in 2000. This, and his next two films, A FRIEND OF MINE and SOMETIME IN AUGUST – his interpretation of Goethe’s ‘Elective Affinities’ –, all screened at the Berlinale.
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