Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the first prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, has a mandate to investigate war crimes throughout the world. He and his colleagues are fiercely determined to break the cycle of intrastate retaliation and revenge and replace it with legal sanctions. The movie “The Court” is told from the point of view of the office of the prosecutor.

In the style of a courtroom thriller Michele Gentile and Marcus Vetter (The Tunnel, The Heart of Jenin) follow Ocampo during an inordinately complex juridical process which is given a face during the course of the film. And when Angelina Jolie together with 93 year old Ben Ferencz, former prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials, are travelling to the final hearing in the trial of the Congolese general, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, to help persuading the world community that recruiting child soldiers is a crime against humanity, the message is heard by millions of people all around the world.

With a charismatic, hard-driving prosecutor for a lead, working to put a war criminal behind bars for recruiting child soldiers in a civil war and a plot spanning The Hague, Palestine, Libya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo ... one might think The Court is another big-buck Hollywood legal thriller with an A-list cast. However, this film directed by Marcus Vetter and Michele Gentile is actually a documentary - starring Luis Moreno Ocampo, the first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) or more specifically, his role in the trial of Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) founder Thomas Lubanga Dyilo - work which led to Lubanga's 14-year jail sentence for the use of child soldiers.

This trial acts as a backdrop to The Court, showcasing Ocampo's efforts to prosecute Lubanga while juxtaposing the relative sterility of the Lubanga trial in the Hague with the chaos taking place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - showing scenes of children, some under ten being taken away and beaten up by soldiers linked to Lubanga.

A produktion of Filmperspektive

Year of production 2012
Lenght 88 Minutes
Format HD/DCP/Dolby Digital
A production of FILMPERSPEKTIVE GmbH
In coproduction with

SWR, NDR, ARTE

Directed & edited by Marcus Vetter
Michele Gentile
Producers Marcus Vetter
Anne Walser (C-Films)

In Co-production with SWR

Director of photography Christian Haardt
Michele Gentile
Sound Aljoscha Haupt
Music Sven Kaiser
Executive Producer Albert Kitzler
Commissioning editors Gudrun Hanke El Gomri (SWR)
Barbara Biemann (NDR)
Christian Cools (Arte)
Distribution Bukera Pictures

Hochbrisante Politdoku mit prominentem Star-Support (DE)
Ein knallharter und streckenweise ernüchternder Film, der einem das komplexe Geflecht aus internationalen Strafgesetzen auf spannende Weise näherbringt, aber Szenen von expliziter Gewalt nicht ausspart.
Programmkino.de Filmkritiken von David Siems

The Court - A documentary about international justice (EN)
With a charismatic, hard-driving prosecutor for a lead, working to put a war criminal behind bars for recruiting child soldiers in a civil war and a plot spanning The Hague, Palestine, Libya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo ... one might think The Court is another big-buck Hollywood legal thriller with an A-list cast.

The Star, 12. Dezember 2013 by Tan Yi Liang

The International Criminal Court on screen – Ready for its close-up (EN)
"…a fascinating documentary about the pioneering work of the first world court… a heart-warming story worthy of Hollywood."

The Economist, 24 Juni, 2013

„Angelina Jolie war überrascht von unserer Kamera“ (DE)
Interview mit Marcus Vetter über seinen neuen Film "The International Criminal Court"

Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 4. Mai 2013 von Dieter Osswald

Filmkritik: The International Criminal Court (DE)
Sowohl das Filmplakat als auch die Machart des Films lassen eher auf einen Spielfilm als auf eine Dokumentation schließen, denn die Arbeit des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofs (ICC) in Den Haag mutet wie ein Justizthriller an.

Kultur Extra, 2. Mai 2013

Doku "Internationaler Strafgerichtshof" – Am Hof der Gerechtigkeit (DE)
Der Internationale Strafgerichtshof ist eine der zivilisatorisch wichtigsten Einrichtungen der Welt. Jetzt hat ein Filmteam eine Dokumentation über ihn gedreht.

Die Zeit, 29. April 2013 Steffen Richter


THE COURT – Erster Tübinger Film mit Angelina Jolie (DE)
Tagblatt, 29.04.2013