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FACING THE JUDGE

by Pierre-François Sauter
73 min. / documentary / 2009

Subsequent to indictments and arrests, the examining magistrate deals with the individual cases. While listening to the accused in closed sessions and deciding their fate, he is directly confronted with brutal social reality. The accused have much to tell about themselves: dramas, accidents, violence, conflicts, misunderstandings, thoroughly calculated schemes and brutal, ill-considered behaviour make a world come alive in the examiner’s office, at times absurd, ludicrous or tragic: a human comedy that plays out right before our eyes.

FESTIVALS

Festival Visions du Réel 2009
Journées cinématographiques de Soleure 2010 : nominated for the Soleure Prize
Festival du Film Francophone de Wien 2010
Images de Justice 2010, Rennes
Beijing Independent Film Festival 2010, Songzhuang, China

TEAM

Written and directed by : Pierre-François Sauter
DOP : Patrick Tresch, Pierre-François Sauter
Sound : Laurent Barbey
Editing : Dominique Pâris
Sound design : Denis Séchaud
Original music : Pierre-Alain Bertholet
Producing manager : Nadejda Magnenat

Production : Pierre-André Thiébaud, PCT cinéma télévision
Coproduction : Télévision Suisse Romande, SRG/SSR idée suisse, with the support of the Federal Office of Culture, the Fondation Vaudoise pour le Cinéma, the Fonds Regio Films, the Fonds de production télévisuelle.

Movie theater release : Pierre-François Sauter
Release date : April 2009 – 10’855 viewers in Switzerland (Procinéma statistic)