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22.01.2015

EMERGENCY CALL

THIS DOCUMENTARY IS BASED ON A MURDER CASE THAT TOOK PLACE EIGHT YEARS AGO IN ULVILA, A SMALL TOWN IN FINLAND.


Documentary by Pekka Lehto

83 minutes

Finland, France, Germany

On December 1ST 2006, Anneli Auer called the local police station in the small town of Ulvila for help. A stranger had broken into her house and murdered her husband. The police found the dead body and the alleged murder weapon.

Anneli Auer also suffered from stabbings. The immediate investigations did not indicate any evidence of her committing the murder. There were no signs for a motive of such an act. 

However, the case pointed to many peculiarities. For example, the police sent one of their colleagues “undercover” into the family in order to confirm the suspicion that Auer was the perpetrator. This police officer became the lover of the young widow for over seven months. Regardless, she was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment during the trial based on circumstantial evidence. 

During the investigation and trial, Anneli Auer’s children were in the care of her brother Ari. The appeal procedure, pursued by Auer’s attorney, ended with an extraordinary verdict. She was released five years after the murder took place. The acquittal was based on exactly the same evidence for which she was previously sentenced to life imprisonment. Yet, just a few months later, Auer was arrested once again. Only this time, she was accused of child abuse, animal cruelty and practicing satanic rituals.

The accusations were based on the testimony of Anuer's children. One of the brothers had been recorded on video, which was then handed over to the prosecutor. Is Anneli Auer really a "horror mother" or a victim of the miscarriage of justice?

This documentary uncovers the drama behind a murder case that became increasingly confusing. Countless investigation errors and the manipulating of evidence ultimately led to a family drama, in which all participants became the victims. 

It is not the true murderer Pekka Lehto is after in his investigative story. On the contrary, his film is a plea for the principle that every accused person should be presumed as innocent.

"Emergency Call" is based on footage of the trials and interviews, for example with Anneli Auer while in prison and after her release, her eldest daughter, Amanda, the prosecutor and the police. Included are also videos from the police interrogating her children. Certain scenes of the investigation in the prosecutor’s office were reconstructed.  

Emergency Call is a coproduction of FIRST FLOOR PRODUCTIONS, Helsinki, and Ventana-Film with ARTE G.E.I.E. and the Finnish channel YLE, in cooperation with SWR.

 


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