Victoria Trailer: A Single-Shot Bank Heist Film

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Movies made to look like they were shot in one continuous take are all the rage right now, thanks in part to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman, which rode its dazzling cinematography to an Academy Award for Best Picture. It wasn’t the first to pull off this technique, of course; Hitchcock did it with Rope back in 1948, although he was forced to cheat due to the limited length of a film reel. Now we can add another to the growing list of single-take films and it claims to have employed no CGI or “cheap tricks” in accomplishing that goal.

Victoria is a German film that won a handful of awards at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year. Directed by Sebastian Schipper (an actor turned director who appeared in Run Lola Run, among other films), the movie tells the story of a runaway party girl who hooks up with three guys at a night club, only to find herself pulled into their plan to rob a bank. Victoria hits select theatres on Oct. 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.



  • forgot to mention it has been selected for TIFF

  • it’s actually shot in one take. no tricks. they prepared 6 months for it and then did 3 takes (the whole movie). the third take was the one they used. it’s incredible. there are multiple party scenes in a club, there’s a heist, there’s a great piano song being played by the lead actress…
    it’s not the first feature-length film to be shot in one take, Russian Ark (99 minutes) did it in 2002, but it’s really something special. bends space and time.

  • There is also a Swedish movie called 7333 Seconds of Johanna from 2012 which is done in a single shot. It is more than 2 hours long (obviously) and currently is in the Guinness book of world records for longest single shot feature film.