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VARIETY: Interactive Terrorism Drama ‘The Verdict’ Adds Further Global Sales

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Oct 05 2016

Beta Film has added further territory sales on its interactive event drama “The Verdict,” which asks the audience to decide if it is justified to shoot down a civilian plane taken over by terrorists on a suicide mission.

The 90-minute legal thriller, directed by Lars Kraume (“The People vs. Fritz Bauer”), will be broadcast simultaneously in six countries with additional territories to follow. The show, produced by Oliver Berben (“Shades of Guilt,” “Hotel Adlon — A Family Saga”), will be screened primetime on Oct. 17 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Slovakia at the same time as an industry screening at international TV market Mipcom in Cannes, France. In addition to the new agreements with Czech Republic and Slovakia, Beta also secured a deal with Denmark’s DR, which will broadcast the show later this year. Negotiations with several European key territories are underway.

Viewers, including those in Mipcom, will be able to vote on the court decision featured in the movie. The case revolves around a group of terrorists who hijack a civil airplane and force the pilot to set course for a packed soccer stadium. At the last minute and against the explicit orders of his wing commander, a German air-force pilot shoots down the airplane before it crashes into the stadium. Having saved the lives of tens of thousands but killing all passengers on board, he now faces charges for his action in court.

The audience witnesses the trial and have to judge for themselves by voting live online, via telephone or text message: guilty or innocent? The vote will be moderated in each country by local anchormen. Depending on the outcome, either the conviction or the acquittal of the pilot will be broadcast, followed by real-life political talk-shows, turning a fictional show on linear TV into an interactive TV happening.

The show, which is based on the stage-play “Terror” by author Ferdinand von Schirach (“Shades of Guilt”), stars Florian David Fitz (“Vincent Wants to Sea”), Burghart Klaussner (“The White Ribbon”), Martina Gedeck (“Lives of Others”), and Lars Eidinger (“Clouds of Sils Maria”). It is produced by Berben for Moovie in co-production with ARD Degeto and RBB. World sales are handled by Beta.

The Mipcom event, hosted by Beta, will take place on Oct. 17, 8.15 p.m., at C 21 Grand Beach, La Croisette, Cannes.