The German production, originally titled The Promise, has been acclaimed at film festivals all over the world and was adapted by the BBC as a six-part TV miniseries.
The film tells the incredible true story of how Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom, young lovers and honor students at the University of Virginia, were charged and convicted of the brutal slashing murders of Haysom’s parents in their home near Lynchburg in 1985. The movie makes a strong case that Soering, the son of a German diplomat, was wrongfully convicted. He has been in prison nearly 32 years.
Full disclosure: I am co-author with Soering of a companion book, A Far, Far Better Thing: Did a Fatal Attraction Lead to a Wrongful Conviction? I’ll be participating in a post-screening Q&A after the 1:40 p.m. show Sunday, Jan. 7.