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Run Time: 108 minutes
Jen joins her married lover, Richard, for a romp at his secluded desert villa before his annual hunting vacation. However, when his leering pals arrive, they’re a far cry from Richard’s millionaire-Adonis charms, and they feel entitled to make their own advances on Jen and ignore her rejections. After being violently assaulted and left for dead in the middle of the desert, Jen comes back to life, and the men’s hunting game is transformed into a ruthless manhunt. Like its protagonist, REVENGE rises like a phoenix from the ashes of its exploitation-film, rape-revenge forebears and celebrates grind-house style and excess while upending genre expectations with its director’s unapologetically female gaze. In her sunbaked, blood-soaked feature directorial debut, Coralie Fargeat brazenly and playfully embraces the intense violence of Jen’s retribution, creating a revelatory, righteous, gore-filled assault on misogyny that is not for the faint of heart. Actress Matilda Lutz embodies with ferocity and physicality Jen’s transformation from self-confident object of desire to superhuman survivor. (In English and French with subtitles) —Sundance Film Festival
Tower City Cinemas
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:15 PM
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 9:10 AM
Women of the World
New Direction Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Coralie Fargeat was born in 1976 in France. She studied screenwriting at La Fe´mis in Paris. Her short films have received numerous awards.
Marc-Etienne Schwartz, Jean-Yves Robin, Marc Stanimirovic
Coralie Fargeat, Bruno Safar, Jerome Eltabet
Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchede, Jean-Louis Tribes