Berlin: Adopt Films Picks Up 'Victoria' for U.S.

Courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival

The film, shot in one continuous take, won a Silver Bear for extraordinary artistic contribution for its cinematographer.

Adopt Films has acquired U.S. rights to Sebastian Schipper’s thriller Victoria after the film enjoyed a warm reception at the Berlin Film Festival.

The film, which won a Silver Bear for extraordinary artistic contribution for its cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grovlen, was shot in one continuous 134-minute take, bridging 20 locations. 

Adopt is planning a late summer/early fall 2015 U.S. release. 

The film — starring Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit and Max Mauff and produced by Jan Dressler — centers on a bank-heist-gone-bad and premiered in competition at the Berlin fest in February.

The deal was negotiated by The Match Factory’s Brigitte Suarez and Thania Dimitrakopoulou and Adopt Films' Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky.

Victoria is the fourth collaboration between Adopt and Match Factory in as many years; the previous titles are Christian Petzold’s Barbara, Miguel GomesTabu and Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar.

THR's review of the film stated: "Padding out a minimal 12-page script with heavily improvised dialogue, Victoria takes a while to emerge from its fuzzy-headed, freewheeling first act. But it repays our patience when it shifts gear from Richard Linklater-style talk-heavy Eurodrama to heart-racing, adrenaline-pumped heist thriller."