The Verdict

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The Verdict
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Belgium, 2013, 110 Minute Running Time
Topics: Drama, Thriller
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Dutch English Sub-Titles

Exposing a serious flaw in Belgium’s justice system, The Verdict is a gripping courtroom thriller about morality, ethics and heartbreaking legal loopholes. Businessman Luc engages in a fight with the state when his wife’s murderer is released due to a procedural error. Despondent and infuriated, Luc decides to take the law into his own hands. After dispensing his own form of justice, Luc transforms his subsequent trial into a modern-day circus. His plan: to expose the failures of the judicial system to a jury of the people and arouse their outrage.

Actor Koen De Bouw ("The Alzheimer Case") contributes another strong performance, while script and direction from Jan Verheyen (who helmed "The Alzheimer Case" follow-up "Dossier K", screened at PSIFF 2010) are superb.

“Compelling and accomplished.”
- Dennis Harvey, Variety

Winner: Best Director, Montreal Film Festival; Special Jury Prize, Chicago Film Festival

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director, Actor

DIRECTOR: Jan Verheyen
Producer: Peter Bouckaert, Jan Verheyen
Editor: Philippe Ravoet
Screenwriter: Jan Verheyen
Cinematographer: Frank van den Eeden
Music: Steve Willaert
Principal Cast: Koen De Bouw, Johan Leysen, Jappe Claes, Hendrik Aerts, Veerle Baetens, Jo De Meyere
Filmography: Crazy About Ya (2010)
Dossier K. (2009)
Cut Loose (2008)
Missing (2007)
Gilles (2005)
Team Spirit (2000)
Print Source: Media Luna New Films

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