Germany / United States 2016, 117 min, English and German, Hebrew & English subtitles

“I thought I was a hero. I thought I was saving her life.” “It’s hard to hate the woman you sacrificed your life for.” After 30 years in a US prison, and facing 30 more, Jens Soering is trying to make sense of the events that led to his double homicide conviction. This slim, bespectacled 50-year-old was once a lovestruck young man. The son of a German diplomat and a brilliant student, he developed a complicated relationship with an enigmatic beauty whom everyone admired and secretly desired. The story of Soering and Elizabeth Haysom ended in the brutal murders of her parents. The film—based on a lengthy interview with Soering and excerpts from Haysom’s diary—tells a story of passion and manipulation that would feel at home in a fine romance novel.

Previous Festivals: IDFA, Filmfest Munich, DMZ DOCS, Reykjavik IFF, DOCSDF, Virginia Film festival, Denver Film festival, DOC NYC, DOCS Barcelona Valparadiso

Trailer

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  • Fri 12.05 18:00 Cinemateque 3 Filmmaker Present
  • The Promise - Screening and True Crime conversation
    Sun 14.05 18:00 Cinemateque 4 Filmmaker Present
Directors: Marcus Vetter, Karin Steinberger
Production: Marcus Vetter, Louise Rosen, Ulf Meyer
Production Company: Filmperspektive Gmbh
Script: Karin Steinberger
Editing: Marcus Vetter
Cinematography: Georg Zengerling
Music: Jens Huercamp
World Sales: Louise Rosen Ltd. (lrosenltd@gmail.com)

CV

Marcus Vetter began working as a TV editor, producer and director in 1994. His films have received attention international film festivals and won numerous prizes, including three Adolf Grimme Awards - the German equivalent of the Emmy, and one German Film Prize - the German equivalent of the Oscar.

Karin Steinberger is feature editor for Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), the leading broadsheet paper in Germany. Since 2001 she is working for the prestigious Page Three of the SZ. She has received several awards and is a Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.