So Help Me God

Jean Libon / Yves Hinant

Belgium, France 2017, 93 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: French

Subtitles: English

Fly-on-the-wall portrait of colourful Brussels examining magistrate Anne Gruwez. While she masterfully grills a steady procession of small and large criminals, her unfiltered opinions and disarming humour accompany this raw insight into the Belgian justice system. The cold case investigation into the murder of two prostitutes gives the film its backbone.

‘The examining magistrate is the most important person in the country,’ Anne Gruwez quotes Napoleon. When you see her driving her little old Deux Chevaux trough Brussels, a grand general may not be your first association. But she sure has the confidence for it.

‘That’s fantastic!’ she yells when a deposition of a prostitute turns into an in-depth conversation about the preferences of men who hire S&M mistresses. But when most defendants sit down across Gruwez in her small office, they better listen up. She warns a recidivist whom she is willing to give one more chance: ‘If you betray me, I swear the wrath of Allah will be nothing compared to mine.’ She listens in  silence, however, when taking down the harrowing statement of a mother who killed her 8-year-old son after thinking he was a child of the devil. With each scene it becomes clearer that behind Gruwez’ gallows humour and bravado, there is a very sharp mind, a genuine hunger for truth and a deep humanity. And she likes cake, too.

Synopsis

So Help Me God has been selected for the Camera Justitia competition and is part of the Weapon of Choice theme programme.

Credits

Productions:

Le Bureau Films

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+33140333380

lebureaufilms.com

Dutch distribution:

Cinéart

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+31205308848

www.cineart.nl

World sales:

AUTLOOK Filmsales

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+43720346934

www.autlookfilms.com

Talkshows & debates

So Help Me God: Q&A with Tamara Trotman

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 13:30

Journalist Alwin Helmink speaks with Dutch judge Tamara Trotman about the approach of the film's central character judge Anne Gruwez.

So Help Me God: Q&A with director Yves Hinant and judge Anne Gruwez

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 19:00

Director Yves Hinant and protagonist Anne Gruwez speak about the making of the film and answer audience questions.

So Help Me God: Q&A with director Yves Hinant and judge Anne Gruwez

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 21:30

Director Yves Hinant and protagonist Anne Gruwez speak about the making of the film and answer audience questions.

CANCELLED: So Help Me God: Q&A with director Yves Hinant and judge Anne Gruwez

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 18:30

Director Yves Hinant and protagonist Anne Gruwez speak about the making of the film and answer audience questions.

So Help Me God: Weapon of Choice Eric de Vroedt

Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 13:45

Exclusively for Movies that Matter, Eric de Vroedt has selected the film So Help Me God. Why has this film in particular made such on impression on him and why is it important for everyone to see it? Movies that Matter artisti