In 2007, a 21-year-old British student named Meredith Kercher was murdered in Perugia, Italy. Almost immediately, her roommate, Amanda Knox, was suspected of committing the crime. The story made international news as Knox was put on trial, both in the courtroom and international media. This story is what inspired Michael Winterbottom’s fictionalized version of events called “The Face of an Angel,” a film which is making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this month.
Daniel Brühl stars as a filmmaker named Thomas who wants to make a movie based on a fictionalized book about the murder. He seeks out a journalist and author of the book, played by Kate Beckinsale. in the exclusive clip below, we see their first meeting in a piazza in Italy, and the intrigue begins from there. Winterbottom’s script sounds quite meta, no doubt reflecting his own infatuation with the case into Thomas’ journey. Is the film meant to be a fictionalized version of the intense Knox trials, or is it a commentary on our obsession with criminal celebrity and the media superstorm that surrounded the Knox case? We’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, check out the clip below: