Ambitious Judith has put serial killing nurse Lucia behind bars, but then doubt is cast on the evidence against the innocent Lucia.
Based on a true story.
Nurse Lucia (40) has been present at one inexplicable death too many, and the hospital alerts the police. Assistant District Attorney Judith (28), driven by ambition and genuinely outraged, gets stuck in and Lucia is 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 verdict is confirmed. Things look bleak until they get the media involved and the biggest miscarriage of justice in Dutch history is finally reversed.
93’ / DCP / colour
Original title: LUCIA DE B.
Dir: Paula van der Oest
Prod: Rinkel Film (NL)
Co-prod: NCRV (NL), Livingstone (BE), Filmkreatorerna (SE), Lucil Film (LU)
Sc: Tijs van Marle, Moniek Kramer
D.O.P.: Guido van Gennep
Completed: January 2014
Cast: Sallie Harmsen (LOFT, THE HEINEKEN KIDNAPPING), Ariane Schulter (BORGMAN, MATTERHORN), Barry Atsma (STRICKEN, LOFT), Fedja van Huêt (DAYLIGHT, LOFT).
Festivals & awards a.o:
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Milan International Film Festival - Awards for Best Directing, Best Editing and Best Acting Performance Female for Arinane Schluter
Accused was the Netherlands' entry to the 87th Oscars in the category Best Foreign Language Film Award
Paula van der Oest:
a.o. THE DOMINO EFFECT (2012, feature), BLACK BUTTERFLIES (2011, feature) Awards: a.o. SAFTAs for Best Film, Best Camera, Best Production Design and Best Music, WIJSTER (2008, feature), TIRAMISU (2008, feature) Awards: Golden Calf Best Actress and Best Music Netherlands FF, HIDDEN FLAWS (2004, feature), MADAME JEANETTE (2004, feature), MOONLIGHT (2002, feature) Award: Best European Feature Hollywood FF.
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