DEATH AND A MAIDEN

E'TOPIA,INC. - as PROD

Historical - Development 2018

A 17th century peasant girl, accused of murdering her bastard child, faces death a the stake. Despite a lack of proof the girl disappears into the torture chambers until a rebellious lawyer turns her case into a political battle between a Free City and the neighboring Overlords eager to control it.

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Historical
    • Countries
    • GERMANY
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Writer(s)
    • William D. MYERS
    • Producer(s)
    • Tobias MEINECKE, David SCHARFENBERG
    • Synopsis
    • At the height of 17th century witch-hunting and inquisition, Grete Schmid, a fifteen-year-old German peasant girl finds herself accused of murdering her bastard child. Grete readily confirms the sexual encounter with the son of her mistress but vehemently denies the accusations of a bastard child and infanticide, even under the threat of being burned at the stake. Although the accusers do not produce a corpus delicti and even a pregnancy is very much in doubt, Grete is mprisoned and tortured by the Elders of the Free City of Brunswick to confess. Her distraught parents turn to a rebellious lawyer, Justus Oldekop, a pariah in his own right who has an axe to grind with the City Elders and who sees not only a great injustice at work but an opportunity. When the Brunswick establishment gangs up not only against an insignificant peasant girl but also against a member of it's own class, the lawyer turns to his benefactor, Ernest Augustus Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, the prince-elector eager to incorporate the free city into his duchy, by any means necessary.
      Based on a true story chronicled by William D. Myers in his book of the same title, surprisingly contemporary issues such as torture and a woman's control over her body and fate surface in this tale reminiscent of NAME OF THE ROSE, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, ELIZABETH and THE CRUCIBLE.
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