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REVANCHE: An extraordinary film, mythic in feeling ... From its first moments, there's no turning away from this movie."

REVANCHE


dir. Götz Spielman
Austria
121 minutes
English Subtitles
3rd ANNUAL GERMAN LANGUAGE FILM FESTIVAL
Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada
Friday, April 23rd
7:00 pm
"An extraordinary film, mythic in feeling ... From its first moments, there's no turning away from this movie."

-Mick LaSalle, The San Francisco Chronicle

At once a gripping thriller and a tragic drama of nearly Greek proportions, REVANCHE is the stunning, international breakthrough film from Austrian filmmaker Götz Spielmann. In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex (the mesmerizing Johannes Krisch) works as an assistant in a brothel, where he falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara (Irina Potapenko). Their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife. With meticulous, elegant direction, Spielmann creates a tense, existential, and surprising portrait of vengeance and redemption, and a journey into the darkest forest of human nature, in which violence and beauty exist side by side.
REVANCHE won the Europa Cinemas Label for best European film at the Berlinale, and has won many other awards, including two FIPRESCIs. It was a nominee for the Best Foreign Oscar in 2009. REVANCHE "deserves comparison with grade-A Hitchcock." (John Hartl, The Seattle Times)


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