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First Look Into The Face Of An Angel
Teaser appears for Michael Winterbottom's Amanda Knox drama

04 February 2014  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Variety

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It’s usually wise to approach any film promising to “go beyond the truth” with an element of caution – how do you go beyond the truth? Is there a bus? – but Michael Winterbottom is a filmmaker with a strong track record in handling true-life stories with care and diligence. The Face Of An Angel is a slightly unusual case, though. Watch its first teaser-trailer-clip-type-thing below and see what you think.



The film springboards off a book by The Daily Beast’s Rome stringer Barbie Latza Nadeau called Angel Face: Sex, Murder And The Inside Story of Amanda Knox. Nadeau investigated the strange circumstances behind Amanda Knox’s time in Italy in 2009.

Knox (Cara Delevingne) and her boyfriend of the time, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted of killing their Perugia housemate Meredith Kercher in 2009, spending two years in prison for the crime. Cue a cycle of appeals, exoneration, re-appeals and general confusion from the wider world at the vagaries of the Italian justice system. With a thin veil of fiction here, Knox appears to have been renamed Jessica, with Kercher called Elizabeth.

The currency of Winterbottom’s drama is, of course, diminished by the latest appeal and the case’s impending presence before the supreme court. But we don’t need to worry about any of that here because, as the director told The Hollywood Reporter last year, his interest is less in courtroom shenanigans and more in the human beings behind the story.

"We bought the rights to the book that tells the story of the trial, but our film is not really about that, so we are always a bit wary of even saying that," he explained. "Our film is actually about losing a daughter, losing someone close to you; why are we so interested in violence and why are we not more interested in love."

Pursuing the story are Daniel Brühl, a documentary maker, and a reporter called Simone Ford (played Kate Beckinsale and presumably a Nadeau cipher). Winterbottom, BBC Films and the producers will be hawking The Face Of An Angel at the Berlin Film Festival. The film’s pedigree and recent Knox media coverage should ensure plenty of interest.


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Your Comments

As there is some UK involvement this might hopefully be a balanced film, rather than an American funded "our girl is innocent" propaganda piece. Who knows, they might actually notice that the victim was the murdered non yank! More

Posted by petejwheeldon at 13:37 on 05 February 2014 | Report This Post

I think you are correct, Cara Delevingne does not appear in the trailer and they specifically refer to the murderer and her victim as they show their faces. More

Posted by petejwheeldon at 13:36 on 05 February 2014 | Report This Post

Not sure if Knox is Cara Delevingne, as the main girls seem to be Jessica and Elizabeth (replacing Meredith and Amanda), whereas Cara is billed as 'Melanie' on IMdB More

Posted by TheColumnist at 10:36 on 04 February 2014 | Report This Post


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