Interview with "Revanche" director Götz Spielmann

We had the chance to talk to Revanche writer/director Götz Spielmann in anticipation of the theatrical release of his Oscar-nominated film this Friday, May 1.  For more information about Revanche, read our discovery of the film at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival and David Phelp's article, Days of Purgatory: 'Revanche' and Webcam Movies.

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  • NE1

    Great interview. Very relaxed.

    Love the question about wind & light during the ending.
    It shows that although it may not have specifically been in the script,
    the interviewer & the filmmaker both deeply appreciate the choice
    that was made to include the brushes across the lake during the finale.
    It is a beautifully memorable moment.

    Particularly enjoyed Speilman’s reassurance that after the two main
    characters cross-paths the film attains a sort of newfound freedom.

    Had i had the time to watch this earlier,
    would’ve loved to’ve asked whether proper storyboards were used,
    or if they played with different compositions throughout shooting?

    Götz Spielmann & cinematographer Martin Gschlacht endure a tone of
    étude after étude, chipping & carving away at their characters,
    & always with fragile hold on the pulse.

    Revanche is a fascinating study on guilt, revenge, & empathy.

    Thank You
    theauteurs
    for offering
    this fine film

  • Daniel Kasman

    Hi Neh,

    Thanks for the kind words! Spielmann mentioned in something we cut that he didn’t use storyboards, that he and his DP figured out how to shoot a scene when they were on set.

  • Filmy

    Nice interview Daniel, very informative…
    waiting to watch it now….

  • Deleted

    Wonderful job with the interview, Daniel. I haven’t had a chance to watch the ending of Revanche yet, but am excited to do so. I would love to see those ending scenes of an imposing organic element that you talked about in the interview.. Perhaps there is a certain Malick-like, yet obviously more subtle, consideration of nature in Spielmann’s work.

  • Michael Guillen

    Your’s is an elegant, assured manner in intervewing your subject, Danny; something I much admire. You’ve elicited some wonderful commentary from Spielmann. As I was watching this, I was thinking, “Damn, no sense in interviewing this dude now!” Heh. Which is the highest compliment I can pay another interviewer: is that the job has been consummately accomplished.

    I loved Spielmann’s comment about what he hopes for when he watches movies: that he will leave the theatre and somehow incorporate that film into his own life. I’ve long felt that cinema experience, like dream experience, is alternate life experience, and not just entertainment or diversion. It has the capacity to profoundly enrichen our life experience.

    Thank you for this absorbing conversation.

  • David Phelps

    Tati: “Playtime starts when you leave the theater.”

  • Daniel Kasman

    Thanks to Andy, Jenny, and Michael for all of your far too kind comments. Let us know what you think about the film after you’ve seen it!

  • Michael Guillen

    I’ve seen the film a few times now. I first caught it at the Toronto International and then later here in San Francisco at our Berlin & Beyond Film Festival. I’ve written it up here.

  • Tom Mc

    This was one of my favorite films at the Philly Cinefest this year. Many other people I know from that festival also listed it among their favorites. I can’t wait to see it again. I hope this film receives the recognition and wide viewership it deserves

  • Daniel Kasman

    Thanks for the link Michael, great piece on the film!

    Tom: I hope so too!

  • Michael Simmonds

    i hung out with him years ago at a film festival. he has been a great filmmaker for so many years.
    happy to hear this one got a american release.

  • Daniel Kasman

    What are his other movies like Michael? I think only one of his got a DVD release in the States…

  • House 0f Leaves

    I’ve just seen the film, and subsequently tracked this interview down. Very good piece—very enlightening about him and his process.

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