Theatrical release in the USA

on December 15. 2017 at IFC Center, New York and Laemmle Royal, Los Angeles

Now in Select Theaters & On Demand

We are pleased to announce the U.S. theatrical and VOD launch of “The Promise” as “Killing for Love”, opening in New York City at the IFC Center, and in Los Angeles at Laemmle Royal, on Friday, December 15. The film is being released by IFC Films/Sundance Selects, additional US cities will be announced soon.

 

 

Theatrical Cities & Opening Dates

(A week of screenings per city)

12/15/2017   New York  IFC Center  Buy Tickets
12/15/2017Los Angeles  Laemmle Royal   Buy Tickets
12/22/2017HollywoodArena CineLounge  Buy Tickets
12/29/2017BaltimoreParkway TheatreBuy Tickets
12/29/2017Chattanooga  Palace Picture House  Buy Tickets
12/29/2017ColumbusGateway Film CenterBuy Tickets
12/30/2017WinchesterAlamo DrafthouseBuy Tickets
01/19/2018Albuquerque Guild CinemaBuy Tickets

Germany

The Promise – On Video on Demand on May 5, 2017

Available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland






Opening film "New German Cinema"

Love, Hate, Betrayal: This year’s line up of films from New German Cinema run the gamut between affection and violence. They encompass everything from a love story, to a true crime documentary, a pitch black comedy and a road movie and include works from young directors as well as new works from well known names. It shows the best that German cinema has to offer. Sixteen films and three documentaries will have their world premier as part of the line up of the section New German Cinema.

The Documentary “The Promise” shows just how close love and crime are sometimes intertwined. It tells the story of the brutal double murder of husband and wife Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985. Convicted of the crime was Jens Soering, the German boyfriend of the couple’s daughter Elisabeth. Imogen Poots and Daniel Brühl narrate.

Karin Steinberger, Marcus Vetter and their team spent over three years researching this case, which achieved world-wide notoriety. They uncovered new evidence, including a profile og the FBI which has been never presented in court. A controversial doc about a great love and perhaps a great injustice, and an American legal system spun out of control.

Premiere and cinema tour
From 18 October to 2 November 2016

We are pleased to announce that the filmmakers Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger will go on a journey with their documentary "The Promise – First love life sentence". After the screenings, they will be available for questions and answers, giving the audience exclusive insights into the background of the film as well as on current developments in the case of Jens Soering. * Without Marcus Vetter / ** Without Karin Steinberger (appointment in Nuremberg only with ski circuit)
DateTownCinemaTime
Tu.18.10.TuebingenMuseum-Lichtspiele**  08.00 pm  more
Th.20.10.  Stuttgart  Delphi Filmtheater** 07.30 pmmore
Th. 27.10.MunichNeues Maxim*07.00 pmmore
Fr. 28.10.KarlsruheSchauburg07.00 pmmore
Sa.29.10.BerlinFilmkunst 6605.30 pmmore
Sa.29.10.BerlinSputnik Kino07.30 pmmore
Su. 30.10.PotsdamThalia Programmkino 10.30 ammore
Su. 30.10Leipzig  Passage Kino04.30 pmmore
Mo. 31.10.HamburgAbaton Kino08.00 pmmore
Tu. 01.11.HannoverKino am Raschplatz*08.30 pmmore
We.02.11.NurnbergCasablanca*07.00 pmmore

Killing for Love – Episode Guide

Extended serial Version on BBC iPlayer March 7, 2017

Episode 1 of 6 – First Love


On March 30, 1985, Derek and Nancy Haysom were found brutally murdered in their home in Lynchburg, Virginia. Local police, the sheriff's department and eventually the FBI were called in.

5 years later on June 21, 1990 Jens Soering, the boyfriend of their daughter Elizabeth, is convicted of first degree murder of his girlfriend´s parents and given two life sentences. In an earlier plea deal Elizabeth Haysom receives a 90 year sentence as an “accessory before the fact“. “I’m innocent,” Soering said in court and until today.

What really happened that night in this small town in Bedford County? Jens Soering´s lawyers, a former investigator of the Sheriff's Office, and a private investigator try to reexamine the case. They are searching for an FBI profile that has disappeared. Where are the nude photographs of Elizabeth taken by her mother pointing to child abuse as a strong motive of the daughter?

Episode 2 of 6 – The Betrayal

When the police investigation closed in on Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Soering, the couple fled the country. They were arrested for cheque fraud in London on April 30, 1986 using the aliases Christopher P. Noe and Tara Lucy Noe. And then, Jens Soering had the idea that destroyed his life: He would tell the police that he did it. Without this sacrifice, she would die in the electric chair.  Soering believed, that as a son of a German diplomat, he would be sent to Germany, sentenced to a few years in a juvenile prison. It seemed like a fair trade: a few years of his life to save hers.

 

Episode 3 of 6 –  The Confession

In a plea deal, Elizabeth Haysom returns to the US and on August 24, 1987, testifies in a pre-trial hearing. At the end, she pleads guilty to being an "accessory before the fact“ of first degree murder, thereby avoiding a full trial. Is Elizabeth Haysom a the victim of an obsessive relationship with a cold blooded killer, or a beautiful, manipulative murderer? Two English psychiatrists who examined her while in custody in London had diagnosed Elizabeth as a borderline schizophrenic and a pathological liar. Jens Soering found out that he was not covered by his father’s diplomatic immunity. Now he himself faced execution in the electric chair. He withdrew his confession and began to fight for his life.

On July 7, 1989, the European Court of Human Rights announced that the threat of the death penalty would constitute “torture or inhuman or degrading treatment.” Great Britain would agree to the extradition only if the death penalty was dropped. Jens Soering was extradited from Britain to the US on January 12, 1990. Jens Soering trial resulted in a media frenzy. It was one of the first to be televised live. Each day crowds gathered to watch the “German Monster” paraded in and out of the Bedford County court house.


Episode 4 of 6 – The Footprint

Jens Soering sees Elizabeth Haysom for the first time in three years as she appears in court to testify against him. Her testimony acknowledges that she wanted her parents "gone" but that Jens had free will to not make the choice to commit murder. Over time, Elizabeth Haysom presented five different stories for the alibi. Jens Soering stated that at Elizabeth’s request he organized the alibi by going to the movies and buying two tickets each time. In his testimony he is clear and accurate about the timing and what he saw, which Elizabeth was not. But a tire expert was allowed to testify in court about a bloody sockprint, declaring a perfect match with Jens. Yet, there is an unattributed fingerprint, found on a glass at the crime scene – the fingerprint of an unknown accomplice?

Episode 5 of 6 – College Friends

Belief in Jens Soering’s innocence comes from several types of supporters. The most important are two former state employees from the fields of criminal justice and law enforcement. One of them has reviewed all the evidence, the court documents and the police reports - she is certain of Jens Soering’s innocence and believes he is guilty only of trying to protect Elizabeth Haysom from the electric chair.? In the present day, the work of his lawyers and of the investigators has ramped up and gained ground. There were no eyewitnesses, the murder weapon was never found, there were inconsistencies, procedural errors, and a judge who was severely biased. Recently, other names have come to the attention of the investigators, former associates of Elizabeth's who were not known to the police at the time of the murders or simply never questioned. A new witness showed up, who saw Elizabeth Haysom, together with another man, when they picked up a blood-stained car from his garage.


Episode 6 of 6 – Chasing Freedom

“I’m innocent,” Jens Soering said when he finally was sentenced in the US in 1990, to two terms of life imprisonment for two counts of first degree murder. ?Now Jens Soering sits under the harsh neon light of his prison world in Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, Virginia. He’s been through all phases: the shock, the anger, the self-hatred, the search for God, the loss of faith, the endless cycle of hope and hopelessness. There were a few days in which Jens Soering thought he would come home. On January 12, 2010, the Democratic Governor of Virginia, Timothy M. Kaine, approved Jens Soering’s transfer to Germany. In the press, Soering was the German beast again. On January 19, it was all over. A new governor of Virginia took office. Republican Robert F. McDonnell decided on his first day at work to revoke the transfer of prisoner Jens Soering to Germany. Since then, Jens Soering continues to fight. A new DNA analysis reveals that none of the DNA evidence from the crime scene was Soering’s. In fact, of the 42 blood samples tested, 11  belonged to someone other than him. This person’s identity remains unknown. Is the real murder still out there?

Great Britain

Presented by Bertha Doc House, BBC and BBC Storyville

Bertha Doc House London presents "The Promise" from January 13 to 26, 2017


Bertha Doc House is the UK's first cinema dedicated solely to documentary. Based at Curzon Bloomsbury in Central London, we screen the best new releases, festival favourites, retrospective titles and curated seasons providing an exciting platform for documentary filmmakers and nurturing a new generation of doc lovers. With a programme packed with filmmaker Q&As, masterclasses, discussions, special events and an online hub accessible from anywhere in the world, Bertha DocHouse is the home of documentary. 

From January 13 to 26, 2017, Bertha Doc House will present "The Promise" exclusively in the Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW.

Filmperspketive is proud to announce BBC Storyville‘s presentation of

"The Promise – Killing for Love"
on BBC4 and BBC iPlayer March 7, 2017

The 1 x 117 version of "The Promise" will be broadcast as “Killing for Love“ in the UK by our co-production partner BBC Storyville. Storyville is a documentary portal, presented by the BBC, which shows the best of international documentary films.

On Video on Demand on BBC Storyville iPlayer

"Extended Version – Killing for Love"

Simultaneously, the BBC offers the serial version  of 6x28 minutes  on the BBC video-on-demand service iPlayer. Storyville is a documentary portal, presented by the BBC, which shows the best of international documentary films.




Scandinavia

Presented by Doc Lounge, SVT, DR and YLE Docventures

Doc Lounge presents "The Promise" in cinemas from January  20 to February 7, 2017

Doc Lounge presents "The Promise" in Sweden, Finland and Norway from January 10 to February 7, 2017 in the cinema. The directors Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger are at the disposal of the audience in various presentations after the screenings for questions and answers.

Tampere FinlandJanuary 10. 2017  more information
Helsingborg*   Sweden   January 11. 2017more information
Turku**FinlandJanuary 17. 2017more information
OsloNorwayJanuary 28. 2017more information
Volda**Norway  January 30. 2017more information
Lund*SwedenJanuary 31. 2017more information
JoensuuFinlandJanuary (tba)more information
VarbergSwedenFebruary 2. 2017more information
MalmöSwedenFebruary 7. 2017more information
Helsinki***FinlandFebruary (tba)more information
TrondheimNorwayFebruary 21. 2017  more information


DocLounge Malmö streams live to 7 venues

We are happy to announce that DocLounge Live is streaming the event on February 7 in Malmö live to 7 more venues in Lomma, Limhamn, Båstad, Östrsund, Krokum, Kirseberg, Landskrona.



* With Q&A with director Karin Steinberger (Skype)
** With Q&A with directors Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger (Skype)
*** With Q&A with director Karin Steinberger (present)

TV broadcast by SVT (Sweden) in February and March 2017

Our co-production partner SVT is broadcasting "The Promise" in the Directors Cut version as a 3-part (3x58 minutes) on Swedish television and as video on demand. TV broadcasting dates on SVT1 on February 6, 21.00h (part1), February 23 (part2) and March 2 (part3).
Available online now on SVT Player.



TV broadcast by DR (Denmark) in February 2017

Our co-production partner DR is broadcasting "The Promise" in Denmark as a 2-part (2x85 minutes) and as a 3-part (3x58 minutes) on Danish TV. Available online now on DR TV.



TV broadcast by YLE (Finland) in autumn 2017

YLE Finland is broadcasting "The Promise" in their documentary program "Docventures" as theatrical version (117 minutes) in Finnish TV and on video-on-demand. The broadcasting date is approximately in autumn 2017. More information and broadcasting date coming soon.

Belgium

The promise is presented by VRT

VRT TV broadcast and series in February 2017

The film "The Promise" broadcast by the Belgium TV station VRT in a 117 minutes version and the directors cut as a 3-part version (3x58 minutes) on Februray 6 (part 1), February 13 (part 2) and February 20 (part3). Available online now on VRT NU.

Netherlands

The promise presented by VPRO

VPRO TV broadcast and Video on Demand in March 2017


"The Promise" will be broadcast
in the Netherlands by our co-production partner, the Dutch TV channel VPRO, as a 2-part version (2x85 minutes). Broadcast on NPO2 on April 25 (Part 1) and April 26 (part 2) and subsequently offered on video-on-demand.

Festivals 2017

22. Filmfest Turkey  Germany  March 4, 9.00 pmmore
March 6, 9.15 pm
RiverRun IFFUSAMarch 31, 12.30 pm *  more
April 1, 7.00 pm *
DOC avivIsraelMay 12, 6.00 pm *more
May 14, 6.00 pm *
DOCS against GRAVITY  PolandMay 12-26 ***more
DOC EDGENew Zealand  May 18, 8.00 pm *more
May 20, 1.45 pm *
May 27, 8.30 pm *
May 28, 8.45 pm *
DOCS BarcelonaSpainMay 20, 10.00 pm *more
May 25, 07.30 pm *
57 KFF Krakow Film Festival  PolandMay 28 - June 4 ***more
DocumentaristTurkeyJune 17-26more
Durban IFFSouthafrikaJuly 13-23more
Kota Kinabalu IFFMalaysiaJuly 22-29more


* With Q & A with director Marcus Vetter and/or co-director Karin Steinberger
*** Screening dates will be announced soon
More international festivals screenings will be announced soon.

"The Promise" wins the "Öngören Award" for Democracy and Human Rights at the 22nd Filmfest Turkey in Nuremberg

On Saturday March, 11 2017, the documentary feature film "The Promise", by filmmaker Marcus Vetter and  journalist Karin Steinberger, was awarded the "Öngören Award for Democracy and Human Rights" at the 22nd Filmfest Turkey Germany in Nuremberg .

 






Internatinal Festival Tour 2016


On November 5th the documentary "The Promise" had its US-premiere on the Virignia Film Festival. This is a very special location, because in Charlottesville 1984 Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Soering met the first time, right here, at the University of Virginia, where the movie will be shown as the festival's centerpiece. Screenings at the 39th Denver Film Festival and at DOC NYC have followed. Additionally, "The Promise" was chosen for the Masters Program at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA). The IDFA Masters Program presented a selection of new movies from "renowned documentary directors".

Filmfest Munich*GermanyJun 23 – Jul 2more
DMZ DOCS*South Korea  Sep 22 – 29more
Reykjavik IFFIslandSep 28 – Oct 10  more
DOCSDF*MexicoOct 13 – 22more
Virginia Film Festival*  USANov 3 – 6more
Denver Film Festival*USANov 8 – 11more
DOC NYC*USANov 13more
IDFA Amsterdam*Neatherlands Nov 16 – 27more
DOCS Barcelona
Valparadiso
Chile25 - 30 Novmore

* With Q&A with filmmaker Karin Steinberger and/or Director Marcus Vetter


Screening Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Downtown Mall : The Paramount Theater – Discussion with director Karin Steinberger and subjects Gail Marshall, Chuck Reid, and Steve Rosenfield, moderated by Sandy Hausman (NPR).



Centerpiece Film at the 29th Virginia Film Festival

The Virginia Film Festival is proud to present the North American Premiere of The Promise, a gripping documentary about one of Virginia’s most notorious crimes and the many questions that still surround the case 30 years later. Echoing the hit Netfilx series Making a Murderer and the NPR sensation Serial, The Promise looks back at the gruesome 1985 double murder of Nancy and Derek Haysom in bucolic Bedford County, Virginia, and the man who continues to proclaim his innocence after three decades of incarceration. German national Jens Soering and his girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom, both honor students at the University of Virginia, were convicted of the crimes in 1990 and German filmmakers Karin Steinberger and Marcus Vetter present a fascinating look back at a complicated and troubling true crime story that has returned to the headlines in the last month, thanks to a defense team claim of newly-discovered DNA evidence that could impact the case.

Sold out Premiere & Speach of Jens Soering

On Saturday, November 5, "The Promise" celebrated its US premiere with 1040 seats sold out premiere at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville. After the film Jens Soering spoke in a radio interview to the enthusiastic and touched audience and apologized publicly to the University of Virginia – a very moving and emotional moment. Afterwards, a panel discussion took place with director Karin Steinberger and the protagonist Steven Rosenfield, Gail Marshall and Chuck Reid. The event was moderated by the reporter Sandy Hausman.

 


Special Screening by VPRO

VPRO offers a special "Extra Screening" at IDFA, a special Q&A where the creators give an insight into the production of the film and share some outtakes. The discussion is moderated by Nick Fraser.

Friday, November 18. 2016, 3 pm at EYE Cinema 1


IDFA – International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

The Promise was selected for the Master Program at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. The IDFA Masters section presents a selection of the latest films from "prestigious documentary films".

Wednesday, November 16. – 8.15 pm | Tuschinski 3*

Friday, November 18. – 3 pm | EYE Cinema 1*
Saturday, November 19. – 9.30 pm | Brakke Grund Expozaal*
Thursday, November
24. – 3.15 pm | Mut 09
Friday, November
25. – 1:45 pm | Tuschinski 2

The directors Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger together with the producers Louise Rosen and Ulf Meyer present the film with Q&A after the screening.


SCREENINGS – THE PROMISE (131 Min.)

Friday

06/24/2016

05.00 pmARRI KINO

Sunday

06/26/2016  

11.30 am   ARRI KINO

Thursday 

06/30/201607.30 pm City 3

Friday

07/01/2016

10.00 am Gloria Palast






Opening film "New German Cinema"

Love, Hate, Betrayal: This year’s line up of films from New German Cinema run the gamut between affection and violence. They encompass everything from a love story, to a true crime documentary, a pitch black comedy and a road movie and include works from young directors as well as new works from well known names.

“Filmfest München is one of the most important platforms for innovative German films”, says festival director Diana IIjine. It shows the best that German cinema has to offer. Sixteen films and three documentaries will have their world premier as part of the line up of the section New German Cinema.

The Documentary “The Promise” shows just how close love and crime are sometimes intertwined. It tells the story of the brutal double murder of husband and wife Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985. Convicted of the crime was Jens Soering, the German boyfriend of the couple’s daughter Elisabeth. Imogen Poots and Daniel Brühl narrate.

Karin Steinberger, Marcus Vetter and their team spent over three years researching this case, which achieved world-wide notoriety. They uncovered new evidence, including a profile og the FBI which has been never presented in court. A controversial doc about a great love and perhaps a great injustice, and an American legal system spun out of control.


River Run IFF

Co-Director Karin Steinberger presents "The Promise" with extended Q&A.

Friday, March 31. 2017 - 12.30 pm
Saturday, April 1
. 2017 - 07.00 pm



DOC NYC

Co-Director Karin Steinberger and producer Louise Rosen present "The Promise" with Q&A at IFC Center.

Saturday, Nov  13. 2016 - 8.45 pm



39. Denver Film Festival

Co-Director Karin Steinberger presents "The Promise" with extended Q&A at the UA Pavillion.

Tuesday, Nov 8. 2016 - 6 pm
Wednesday, Nov
9. 2016 - 3.45 pm
Friday, Nov 
11. 2016 - 1.45 pm


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