Wednesday, April 11

Following Judge Gruwez…

So Help Me God from “No More Flowers” was screened at Beyoğlu Sineması with the participation of one of the directors, Yves Hinant. The documentary observes Judge Anne Gruwez from Brussels as she sees one case after another, and offers a tragicomic panorama of the judiciary system of Belgium. Following the screening, Hinant answered the questions from the audience. She said that the shooting took three years and added: “If you pick really good characters and a really good story, a film can be made. The story is formed in time. I know Ms Judge in the film for 12 years. We’ve filmed nearly 200 trials and selected the best ones. Ms Judge’s comment on the film was: “pure reality”. Yves Hinant answered a question about the accused whose faces are seen in the film: “We’ve signed release forms with everyone in the film. It’s not right to show them from behind. They have a right to show who they are. Hiding them would have been worse.”

Photo: Elif Gökçe