|Director:||Jean-Xavier de Lestrade|
|Screenplay:||Jean-Xavier de Lestrade|
|Executive producers:||Matthieu Belghiti, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade|
|Production:||What's up Films|
Closing Film. Out of Competition.
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
118' / 2012 / France
OUT OF COMPETITION
'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.
IDFA Feature-length Competition 2013
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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