The Verdict

Lars Kraume

Germany 2016, 90 min.


Spoken language: German

Subtitles: Dutch, English

Dutch premiere

Festival year: 2017

In this thrilling courtroom drama it is the audience that decides on the film's outcome by passing judgement on a classic horrible dilemma. Is the jet fighter pilot who shot down a hijacked aircraft responsible for the death of its 163 passengers? Or should he receive a medal of honour for saving 70,000 people in a football stadium, the intended target of the hijackers?


A hijacked airplane approaches a packed football stadium, tailed by several jet fighters. One of the fighter pilots decides to shoot down the hijacked plane, against the instructions of his superior. All passengers die, but the lives of the 70,000 soccer fans in the stadium are spared.

Is the pilot responsible for the death of the plane's 163 passengers? First shown on German television in 2016, this courtroom drama directed by Lars Kraume features excellent German actors and confers a special role to the public. After the plea hearing, the audience starts consultations, asking experts to elucidate the case. Using electronic voting devices, the audience will eventually decide whether or not the jet fighter pilot is guilty and what outcome it wishes to give to the film.

Text: Dirk van de Straaten

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This film is FREE for all students on Thursday 30 March, 13:30 hrs. On display of your student card you can get a ticket at the box office (not online).

Talkshows & debates

The Verdict: Q&A with lawyer Marieke de Hoon and judge Tamara Trotman

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 13:30

Lawyer Margje van Weerden discusses the moral dilemmas and juridical considerations in the film with Judge Tamara Trotman and international lawyer Marieke de Hoon.

The Verdict: Camera Justitia Night

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 20:00

An interactive screening of The Verdict hosted by Bart Stapert at the festive Camera Justitia Night.

The Verdict: Q&A with expert Dillon Roseen

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 13:30

Guilty or not guilty? Talk with an expert and choose how the film ends!

The Verdict: interactive discussion with international lawyer Maral Khajeh and lawyer Wilma van Bent

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 21:30

International lawyer Maral Khajeh discusses the moral and legal dilemmas in the film with judge Wilma van Benthem.