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The Staircase 2 - The last chance
Director:Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Screenplay: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Photography: Isabelle Razavet
Sdition: Sophie Brunet
Sound: Yves Grasso
Music: Jocelyn Pook
Producers: Allyson Luchack
Executive producers: Matthieu Belghiti, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Production: What's up Films

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The Staircase 2 - The last chance

Closing Film. Out of Competition.
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
118' / 2012 / France
Spanish subtitled


'This is the sequel to the documentary thriller
The Staircase, an eight-part miniseries from 2004 that meticulously reported events inside and outside the courtroom following the mysterious death of Kathleen Peterson. Were her injuries caused by falling down the stairs, as her husband Michael claimed, or was there foul play involved? The six-hour miniseries ended with the sentencing of Michael Peterson to life imprisonment for premeditated murder. In this sequel, the makers pick up the thread when Peterson files his appeal, after doubts have been raised about the reliability of expert witness testimony. Eight years after his conviction, there is a glimmer of hope that Michael Peterson will be released. But while his sons and adopted daughters remain as loyal to him as ever, his stepdaughter Caitlin has lost faith in his innocence. In addition to showing the ups and downs within the family, the film provides insight into the U.S. justice system, where often self-proclaimed “experts” play a crucial role in the interpretation of evidence. The Staircase 2 adds a new and revealing chapter to this thrilling epic.

Main Festivals & Awards

IDFA Feature-length Competition 2013
Thessaloniki 2013

Director's Biography

Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (born July 1, 1963) is a French writer, director and producer of films and television series.
He studied law and journalism in Paris, and turned to making documentaries which scrutinize the mechanisms of society.
He won an Oscar for Best Documentary for his ninth feature,
Murder on a Sunday Morning, in 2001.
He is also known for his film
The Staircase, about the murder trial against author Michael Peterson, who was accused of killing his wife. He is an executive producer for the TV series Sin City Law (2007), which has been shown on the Sundance Channel in the US.


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