EN - A courtroom thriller about law and justice, morality and ethics, and about how a man takes on the state. When his wife’s murderer is released due to a procedural error, Luc is determined to do everything in his power to prevent it. He decides to take the law into his own hands and do battle with the legal system which let him down.

NL - Het vonnis is een rechtbankthriller over recht en rechtvaardigheid, over moraal en ethiek, en over hoe één man de strijd aanbindt met de rechtsstaat. Als de moordenaar van zijn vrouw door een procedurefout wordt vrijgelaten, slaan bij Luc Segers de stoppen door. Hij neemt het recht in eigen handen, en zal zich daarna meten met de rechtsstaat die hem in de steek heeft gelaten. Het vonnis is een pakkende rechtbankthriller, over recht en rechtvaardigheid, over moraal en ethiek.

FR - Le verdict est un thriller juridique qui aborde les thèmes du droit et de la justice, de la morale et de l'éthique, et de comment un homme se livre à un combat contre l'Etat de droit. Lorsque le meurtrier de sa femme est libéré suite à une erreur de procédure, Luc Segers met tout en oeuvre pour empêcher la libération. Il décide de rétablir la justice personnellement et s'en prend ensuite à l'Etat de droit qui l'a laissé tomber.


Title The Verdict
Original title Het vonnis
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre courtroom thriller
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-08-23


Cast Koen De Bouw, Johan Leysen, Veerle Baetens, Jappe Claes, Viviane De Muynck, Wouter Hendrickx, Chris Lomme, Jo De Meyere, Vic De Wachter, Sven De Ridder, Hendrik Aerts, Joke Devynck, Dirk Tuypens, Robbie Cleiren
Photography Frank Van den Eeden SBC
Editing Philippe Ravoet
Sound Paul Maernoudt
Art director Johan Van Essche
Costume Tine Verbeurgt
Makeup Esther De Goeij
Music Steve Willaert

Technical specs

Running time film 110'
Release format DCP
Other available formats HD CAM
Aspect ratio 1:2.35
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Wallimage/Bruxellimage, the Belgian Tax Shelter for Film Financing<p&gtIn co-operation with: KFD, VTM, Telenet</p>


2014: Cleveland International Film Festival (US)

2013: Montreal World Film Festival - World Competition (CA), Chicago International Film Festival (US), Northern Film Festival Leeuwarden (NL)


2013: Best Direction - Montreal World Film Festival (CA), Special Jury Prize - Chicago International Film Festival (US), Audience Award - Northern Film Festival Leeuwarden


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Double B.O. success for Eyeworks

Stijn Coninx’ latest feature Marina, released in Belgian theatres early November, has reached over 200,000 visitors so far. Meanwhile, Jan Verheyen’s courtroom drama The Verdict is approaching 350,000 admissions seven weeks after its release in its home territory. Flemish production company Eyeworks Film & TV Drama produced both films.

MarinaBased on the childhood memories of Italian-Belgian singer and accordion player Rocco Granata,Marina was released in Belgium on 6 November. For the second consecutive week, the film’s been maintaining a solid first position in the national box office, holding off competition from international blockbusters such as TurboThe Counselor and Gravity.

Published on Thursday 28 November 2013

Leeuwarden audience goes for The Verdict

At The Northern Film Festival in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands (6-10 November), Jan Verheyen’s latest feature The Verdict was given the audience award after the film took a convincing first place in the popularity polls. The courtroom drama had previously won awards in Montreal and Chicago.

The VerdictThe winner of the Audience Award was announced before the screening of The Northern Film Festival’s closing film, Tabu. Having held its 34rd edition this year, the Dutch film festival annually welcomes around 25,000 visitors over five days and has grown into one of the main cultural events in the north of the country.

Published on Monday 11 November 2013

The Verdict lands Special Jury Prize in Chicago

Jan Verheyen’s courtroom drama The Verdict has been awarded the Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival (10-24 October). The award, presented to actor Jappe Claes (pictured) who attended the ceremony on behalf of Verheyen, is the first acknowledgement for a Belgian film since Harry Kümel’s Monsieur Hawarden was laureled at the Chicago fest, exactly 45 years ago.

Jappe Claes - The VerdictThe Chicago jury, including actor Burghart Klauβner (The White Ribbon) and producer Donald Ranvaud (The Constant Gardener), praised Verheyen’s feature for ‘the rigor of its presentation of a courtroom drama rarely seen in European cinema’.

Published on Monday 21 October 2013

Chicago delivers its verdict

The Verdict by Jan Verheyen, which recently grabbed Best Direction at the Montreal World Film Fest, is selected for Official Competition at the Chicago International Film Festival (10-24 October). Also Toon Aerts’ short Perfect Drug and Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman, co-produced with Flanders, were added to the line-up.

The VerdictReceiving its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival end of August, The Verdict was well received by press and audiences. In its review, Variety lauded Verheyen’s film as an ‘accomplished drama’ while Screen International described The Verdict as ‘moody and atmospheric, favouring an edgy colour palette’.

Published on Wednesday 18 September 2013

Verheyen, Vercauter win in Montréal

Neither Jan Verheyen's courtroom thriller The Verdict nor Hans Vercauter's short Wolf's Milk left Montréal empty handed. While the International Jury of the 37th World Film Festival awarded Verheyen (pictured) with Best Direction, the Special Jury Award for Best Short went to Vercauter.

Director Jan Verheyen with this Best Director Award in MontrealThe Verdict deals with law and justice, morality and ethics, but it is also the story of how a man engages in a fight with the constitutional state. When his wife’s murderer is released due to a procedural error, Luc is prepared to do everything in his power to stop it from happening. He is going to take justice into his own hands and take on the system that let him down.

Published on Tuesday 3 September 2013

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