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Women and Hollywood: Paula van der Oest

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Interview with Paula van der Oest

November 17, 2014

'Women and Hollywood's' Melissa Silverstein interviews Dutch director Paula van der Oest, who directed this year's foreign feature Oscar submission from The Netherlands, Accused.

To listen to the interview, please click here.

Paula van der Oest's latest feature Accused tells the story of the fourty years old Nurse Lucia de Berk (Ariane Schluter) who has been present at one inexplicable death too many, and the hospital alerts the police. Young Assistant District Attorney Judith (Sallie Harmsen), driven by ambition and genuinely outraged, gets stuck in and Lucia, 'Angel of Death', 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.

If Accused is nominated for the Academy Awards will be announced on 15 January 2015. The 87th Oscars Ceremony will take place 22 February 2015.


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