Accused

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.

ORIGINAL TITLE

Lucia de B.

RELEASE YEAR

2014

GENRE

Drama thriller

LANGUAGE

Dutch

DIRECTOR

Paula van der Oest

WRITERS

Moniek Kramer in collaboration with Tijs van Marle

CAST

Ariane Schluter, Sallie Harmsen, Barry Atsma, Fedja van Huêt, Annet Malherbe

CO-PRO

Living Stone (BE), Filmkreatörerna (SE), Lucil Films (LUX), NCRV (NL)

CREATIVE PRODUCER

Jelle Nesna

BUDGET

€ 2.4 M

FINANCIERS

Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO Fund (NL), Swedish Film Institute, MEDIA-programme i2i

DISTRIBUTOR

Independent Films

SALES AGENT

Dutch Features

SOLD TO

12 territories and counting

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

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)

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