Killing for Love

Friday, December 15 - Thursday, December 21, 2017

Post film discussion on Fri Dec 15: producer Louise Rosen will be joined by special guest Sheriff J.E. “Chip” Harding, who has reinvestigated the case and supports Jens Söring’s petition for pardon now before Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and attorney Jane Pucher, representing the Innocence Project NY.

March 30, 1985: Derek and Nancy Haysom are discovered brutally murdered at their home in Lynchburg, Virginia. The subsequent arrest and conviction of the couple’s daughter Elizabeth, a wealthy scholarship student at the University of Virginia, and her boyfriend Jens Söring, the brilliant son of a German diplomat, set off a media frenzy, becoming the first trial of its kind to be nationally televised. But what if the justice system got it all wrong? This gripping true crime tale untangles the web of romantic obsession and betrayal that may have led an innocent man to make the ultimate sacrifice for love: take the fall for a murder he didn’t commit. Featuring the voices of Daniel Brühl and Imogen Poots.

Official selection: DOC NYC, docAviv, IDFA Masters Section, Virginia and Denver Film Festivals

Directors: Marcus Vetter & Karin Steinberger

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