// Presented as part of Filmatique's My French Film Festival II Series //
Spotlight on So Help Me God
Yves Hinant & Jean Libon / 2016, San Sebastián, Atlantida, BFI London, Biografilm Festival, Ciné-Doc Tbilisi, Dublin, FNC Festival du Nouveau Cinema - Montreal, Gdansk, Göteborg, Helsinki, IDFA, Istanbul, Mar del Plata, Moscow, Munich, Oslo PIX, Palm Springs, Taipei, Thessaloniki Doc, Toulouse, Tromsø, Vilnius, Warsaw / 100'
Some twenty years ago, two prostitutes were murdered in an upper-class Brussels neighborhood. Celebrated Belgian magistrate Anne Gurwez decides to re-visit this cold case, pouring over the evidence with the use of new technologies and tracking down then-suspects only to find one dead and another living abroad. Over the course of three years Gurwez immerses herself in criminal investigations, hearings, and crime scene visits, providing a behind-the-scenes view of many hidden aspects of society, legal systems, and human nature.
Teetering on farce and proving that truth can indeed by stranger than fiction, So Help Me God embraces the politically incorrect personality of its protagonist to shed clarity on intentionally opaque aspects of Belgian life. The feature documentary debut of Yves Hinant and Jean Libon, the team behind satirical cult television series Strip-Tease, premiered at Göteborg, Palm Springs, BFI London; San Sebastián, where it won a Special Mention from the Jury, and Dublin, where it won Best Documentary.
"Given the nature of the content, it's remarkable that the filmmakers were allowed to film it all"
- Film Program, IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam