Based on the true story of Lucia de Berk, who was wrongly imprisoned for six years
Nurse Lucia has been present at one inexplicable death too many, and the hospital alerts the police. Assistant District Attorney Judith, driven by ambition and genuinely outraged, gets caught in the “politics” of the hospital and her own legal department and Lucia is shockingly sentenced to life in prison. But something keeps troubling Judith, and she discovers inconsistencies in witness statements, and even the suppression of lab evidence. Ignored by her superiors, Judith teams up with Lucia’s lawyer, but at every appeal the original guilty is confirmed. Things look bleak until they get the media involved and the biggest miscarriage of justice in Dutch history is finally reversed.
Lucia de B.
Paula van der Oest
Moniek Kramer in collaboration with Tijs van Marle
Ariane Schluter, Sallie Harmsen, Barry Atsma, Fedja van Huêt, Annet Malherbe
Living Stone (BE), Filmkreatörerna (SE), Lucil Films (LUX), NCRV (NL)
€ 2.4 M
Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO Fund (NL), Swedish Film Institute, MEDIA-programme i2i
12 territories and counting
Oscar shortlisted 2015, Palm Springs Film Festival, Milan IFF (Awards for Best Director Paula van der Oest, Best Acting Performance for Ariane Schluter and Best Editing for Marcel Wijninga, Audience award), Hong Kong IFF, Minneapolis St. Paul IFF, Washington IFF, Seattle IFF, Seoul International Women’s Film Festival, Shanghai IFF, Netherlands Film Festival (nominated Golden Calf Best Actress for Ariane Schluter)