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ABOUT THE PRODUCER Created in 1981, Eyeworks (formerly MMG) is one of Belgium’s most prominent and longest established film production companies. Its impressive filmography features critical successes such as Ben X, Time of My Life and Bullhead (in co-production with Savage Film), as well as local and international hits such as The Alzheimer Case (aka The Memory of a Killer), Hector, Missing Persons Unit, Storm Force, Dossier K., Crazy About Ya, ... New features are The Verdict by Jan Verheyen and Stijn Coninx’ Marina, while upcoming films include The Treatment (2014, Hans Herbots) and Brabançonne (2014, Vincent Bal). The company has a tradition of working with both established filmmakers as well as discovering and launching emerging talents. Since 1995 the company has also been producing highly successful quality drama series for television. Peter Bouckaert has been Head of Film Production since 2005 with Ben X being his first film in a long series of successful productions.

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Jan Verheyen is one of Flanders most prolific and versatile filmmakers. His filmography is as eclectic as it is surprising. The Verdict is Verheyen’s 12th film as a director, for which he also wrote the script. As a student already he started out as festival programmer and film distributor before making his directorial debut in 1991 with the teen comedy Boys. The film became an indigenous commercial success and led to a stay in the US, resulting in the thriller The Little Death (1993). With Everything Must Go (1995), which became an art-house classic, Verheyen tackled the adaptation of Tom Lanoye’s novel. This was followed by a string of diverse films such as Team Spirit (2000), Alias (2001), Team Spirit 2 (2002), Gilles (2005), Missing Persons Unit (2007), Cut Loose (2008), Dossier K. (2009) and Crazy About Ya (2010). Verheyen also directed several episodes of crime series Missing Persons Unit, a spin-off from his 2007 feature.

When his wife’s murderer is released due to a procedural error, Luc will do everything in his power to stop it from happening‌ He is going to take justice into his own hands and will then compete with the constitutional state, which let him down.

The Verdict is a courtroom thriller about law and justice, about morality and ethics, but also about how a man engages in a fight with the constitutional state.

CREDITS Original title: Het vonnis Director: Jan Verheyen Original screenplay: Jan Verheyen Cast: Koen De Bouw, Johan Leysen, Veerle Baetens, Jappe Claes, Viviane De Muynck, Hendrik Aerts, Joke Devynck, Jo De Meyere, Chris Lomme Photography: Frank Van den Eeden Editing: Philippe Ravoet Sound: Paul Maernoudt Mix: Benoit Biral Music: Steve Willaert Art director: Johan Van Essche Costumes: Tine Verbeurgt Make-up: Esther De Goey

FORMAT Original version: Dutch Running time: 110’ Format: DCP, HDCam - 1:2.35 Dolby Digital - Colour Year: 2013 Country: Belgium

PRODUCTION Production company: Eyeworks Flemish producer: Peter Bouckaert Supported by: the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Wallimage/Bruxellimage, the Belgian Tax Shelter for film financing In co-operation with: KFD, VTM, Telenet


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The Verdict  

When his wife’s murderer is released due to a procedural error, Luc will do everything in his power to stop it from happening…