When I complain about studios having bidding wars over idiotic properties about emojis instead of interesting, original films, I start to lose faith in film-making.
Then I watch something like Nightcrawler or Bronson and rejoice that there are still insane, terrifying, and exhilarating films being made, though they seem to be a dying breed. I’m optimistic that Sebastian Schipper (Run Lola Run) has written and directed another innovative piece of entertainment with the one-take Victoria.
People have been raving about one-take scenes in Oscar-nominated Birdman, last season’s True Detective, and Netflix’s Daredevil. It’s become a point of pride for directors and the recipient of awe from viewers. The scenes are hypnotic, especially the fight scene from Daredevil, so I’m intrigued by an entire 2.5 hour movie that takes place in one continuous shot. No cuts. One take. An entire film.
Victoria screened at the Berlin Film Festival and won an award for Best Cinematography. Adopt Films plans to release the movie in the fall.