• Goetz Spielmann’s Revanche, a 2008 festival favorite and Austria’s submission for the best foreign film Oscar, has found a North American home with sister companies Janus Films and the Criterion Collection. In a rare step into the first-run business, Janus will launch the thriller theatrically early next year, followed by a Criterion DVD release. “This was a staff pick,” explains Criterion president Peter Becker. “We’re not in the habit of acquiring new films before they’re released, but Goetz Spielmann is such a commanding filmmaker that we wanted to be able to present his work in the Criterion Collection. The theatrical arm of Janus Films has made that possible, and we’re very proud to have the opportunity.”

    Los Angeles–area audiences have a chance to see Revanche this weekend at the AFI Film Festival, with the director in attendance. The film will be screening at the Arclight Hollywood on Saturday, November 1, at noon, and Sunday, November 2, at 10:15 pm. To learn more or order tickets, click here.


  • By benjamin redder
    January 26, 2009
    01:24 AM

    I'd really like to see this film.
  • By Nick
    April 02, 2009
    04:14 PM

    When is the DVDs release date? I can't wait to see this film!
  • By C. F. Powell
    June 02, 2009
    01:12 AM

    Just watched the Oscar nominated "Revanche" (Götz Spielmann, 2008) at the Dolby Screening Room in SF and I highly recommend you see it! Superb film.
  • By Reed
    October 17, 2009
    02:50 PM

    Can we expect a blu-ray version, please!? Watched a badly worn print in an old theater with poor projection, but great film indeed. Reminded me of Andrey Zvyagintsev's film: The Banishment.
  • By Sean Greenwood
    October 17, 2009
    10:54 PM

    I loved seeing this at IFC Center in NYC and I've even imported some of the PAL DVD editions to compare them with the CC release. Please put it out on Blu-ray!
  • By A. Joesphs
    January 05, 2010
    10:57 AM

    There are far more deserving films for Criterion release than thiow yawn-inducing, overrated piece of Austrian Apple Strudel.
  • By Brooklyn R
    February 22, 2010
    02:55 PM

    Spoiler warning (do not read third paragraph) 1. Photography is top notch. 2. Acting is notch. 3. Writing is not as good. The story was too flat and could use more refinement. It felt almost like the work of a minimalist justifying the use of less to create a more "elegant" work. But less does not mean it has to be simplistic. The storyline is severed right in the middle and unexpectedly strays in another direction which makes you feel like the earlier events could have been told in half the time (a total waste). In addition, there is a big loss in investment as one of the main characters in the early part is carelessly removed from the story altogether without any more mention or relevance in the rest of the movie (the pimp). The early part of the second half of the story progresses very slowly for the main character, while the the secondary character is brought into relevance. A more refined script would have brought that secondary character in much earlier so you didn't have to "wait" for them to be relevant. By the time the secondary character is brought in, it happens in such an awkward way that you nearly lose interest in the main character. In any case, if one is to sever a story like that and turn in another direction, the redirection should have more symbolic meaning (such a rebirth or some kind of awakening). Lastly, the ending is terrible and very amateur. It's absolutely unconvincing in both realistic and poetic levels. The conclusion does not even approach the level of richness that's possible based on the characters (who have so much depth). Unlike the photograph of the ripples in the water used on the cover of the DVD, the final symbolic act sadly does not echo much. Overall, it's a movie with great visual style and very good direction, but the flawed writing leaves it unbalanced.