Courtroom drama

Although courtroom scenes were already a thing during the silent film era, the courtroom drama really only established itself as a film genre with the introduction of the talkies. In the cinema, the courtroom becomes the setting for drama of all sorts – lawsuits are heard, divorces take place, guilt and innocence gets decided over, and in some countries, it is even a matter of life and death. It is no suprise, then, that courtroom dramas are attracting a great deal of interest from audiences around the world. From a trial about illegaly organized poker games, to the rocky path of a female lawyer to top of the Supreme Court, to the fictional trial of the Kongo war – this genre is rich in variety. Our verdict is already clear: Unmissable.

The Children Act
Richard Eyre
United Kingdom
106′
As her marriage to Jack Faye (Stanley Tucci) flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye (Dame Emma Thompson) has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam Henry (Fionn Whitehead), to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.
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Jusqu'à la garde - Custody
Xavier Legrand
France
90′
In the midst of a divorce, Miriam Besson decides to ask for exclusive custody of her son, in order to protect him from a father that she is accusing of violence. The judge-in-charge of the file grants a shared custody to the father whom it considers abused. Taken as a hostage between his parents, Julien Besson will do everything to prevent the worst from happening.
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Capharnaüm
Nadine Labaki
Lebanon
126′
In Lebanon, many parents can simply not afford to have their children officially registered. As a result, these undocumented kids do not exist in the eyes of the state and have no rights. That is the fate of young Zain. But Zain is a fighter: even at his young age, he is already supporting his family with various odd jobs. When Zain's parents plan to marry off his eleven-year-old sister Sahar, Zain does everything in his power to stop them.
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On the Basis of Sex
Mimi Leder
United States
120′
The compelling story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early years, as she crafts a national legal strategy to win equal rights for women and fights to succeed in a profession notably hostile to women.
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