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.