The Promise

Das Versprechen

Film info

  • Country:Njemačka, Velika Britanija, Danska, Švedska
  • Director:Karin Steinberger i Marcus Vetter
  • Year:2016
  • Duration:117'
  • Actors:Jens Söring, Chuck Reid, Ricky Gardner


The gruesome murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation. The Haysoms were wealthy, respected members of Virginia society, and the murder conviction of their daughter Elizabeth and her German boyfriend Jens Soering sent shock waves through the rural community of Bedford County. Elizabeth and Jens had met in a university program for high achieving students. She was a product of European boarding schools, he was the son of a diplomat. After being arrested in London, England in 1986, they were both extradited to the United States and have now spent over 30 years behind bars. This   film reveals a mismanaged, or perhaps completely corrupted, judicial process. Investigations over the past 3 years have turned up stunning evidence that was previously suppressed or deemed inadmissible. New forensic techniques have disproven evidence that was key to Soering’s original conviction.

Marcus Vetter began working as a TV editor, producer and director in 1994 at the ARD station SWR after graduating with a degree in Economics followed by another in Media Theory and Practice. Marcus' work first came to the attention of an international audience with his 1999 film The Tunnel.  He went on to make numerous films including The Battle for Bruckmann, about rebellious seamstresses in Argentina. In 2007 his film My Father the Turk won the Golden Gate Award in San Francisco. He has gone on to make After the Silence, The Heart of Jenin, Cinema Jenin, The Court and The Forecaster.

Karin Steinberger is feature editor for Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), the leading broadsheet paper in Germany. She studied at the Deutsche Journalistenschule Munich, since 2001 she is working for the prestigious Page Three of the SZ. She has received several awards for her articles. Together with Marcus Vetter she made the documentary Hunger, which won the Robert Geisendörfer Preis 2011, and 2015 The Forecaster. The Promise is their third project together.

Screening schedule

  • 21.08.2017.

    CineStar Vukovar


Tickets for screenings at Cinestar Vukovar, Danubian Sand Island, Borovo Cinema, Valpovo culture center, Centar znanja Vinkovci, Vucedol museum are free. For screenings at locations - Terrace of Agency for Waterways and Castle Eltz Park admission is 15 HRK. Tickets.

Festival hosts
  • Discovery
  • Grad Vukovar
  • Hrvatski dom Vukovar
Srebrni sponzor
  • Pevec
  • Grad Zagreb
  • Hrvatska turistička zajednica
  • Hrvatski audiovizualni centar
  • Ministarstvo kulture
  • Vukovarsko-srijemska županija
  • TZ Vukovar
  • American Express
  • AutoWill
  • Badel Pelinkovac
  • Borovo
  • Elatus
  • Filmofeel
  • Hrvatska banka za obnovu i razvitak
  • Iločki podrumi
  • Startas
  • Alatir
  • PPD
  • Bobi

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