Press 28 AUG 2017

"So help me god" goes to San Sebastian

The announcement was made at the festival press conference on 28 August: So help me god by Belgians directors Jean Libon and Yves Hinant will compete in official selection for the Golden Shell.

So help me god follows the atypical and eccentric judge Anne Gruwez, within the Belgian instruction, in Brussels. Criminal investigations, witness testimony and crime scene visits, the filmmakers capture what no one had ever been able to film before. Profoundly – and deliberately – politically incorrect, the film seduced San Sebastian International Film Festival.

In 1985, the graphic reporter and documentary-maker Jean Libon created the documentary series Strip-Tease, on which he was joined by the journalist Yves Hinant. Both directed, with Eric Cardot and Delphine Lehericey, Kill the Referee (2009), a documentary looking at the reality of referees during the 2008 European football Championships and which premiered in Locarno.

Since it’s started, the San Sebastian International Film Festival, founded in 1953, has defined a guideline: the liberalization. The aim is to present innovative and strange, disturbing films, breaking with the censorship applicable until then. It is therefore understandable how this film has seduced them.

So help me god is produced by Le Bureau Films (FR), in co-production with Artémis Productions (BE), France 3 Cinéma, RTBF, VOO, Be Tv and Shelter Prod, with the participation of Canal +, in association with Cofinova, with the support of the Procirep-Angoa and the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government. The film will be distributed in France by ARP Sélection, and in Belgium by Cinéart. The Bureau Sales is in charge of international sales.

This 65th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival will take place from 22 to 30 September.