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A contemplative film pondering the nature of the difference between reality and fiction, one with resonance beyond the true-crime story it’s kinda sorta about. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love Michael Winterbottom’s movies
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Let’s be perfectly clear: The Face of an Angel is most definitely not the story of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, who was killed in Perugia, Italy, in 2007, or the story of her roommate, American student Amanda Knox, who was tried and convicted of the crime along with her then boyfriend. (And then they were acquitted on appeal.)
Well, it is that story. But it isn’t, either. It’s both and neither at the same time.
- MaryAnn Johanson
The model-turned-actress stars in Winterbottom's The Face of an Angel, a drama closely inspired by the events surrounding the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007.
Speaking to The Guardian's G2 supplement, the director revealed that he hadn't heard of Delevingne before he met her.
"I didn't really know who she was, but as soon as I met her I knew she'd be perfect for [the role]," he said.
"The film is pretty much entirely scripted so she is acting, but it's a quality of hers which she's projecting.
"I think she's like Julie Christie in that way: not an actor in the traditional sense but with a fantastic ability to project things on-screen," he complimented.
Closely inspired by the events surrounding the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 and the media circus that ensued, The Face of an Angel embarks on a noble quest to remind us that at the core of this garish spectacle is a victim who lost her life. Unfortunately, given the fascinating subject matter, the aims of Michael Winterbottom's film are one of its few commendable aspects.
The key themes are well introduced early on, particularly amid the discussions between journalists covering the trial of a 'Foxy Knoxy' type murder suspect. Parts of the media are increasingly obsessed with reporting on the details of her hair and clothing choices rather than events pertaining to the murder, thus creating a sad parallel with the real events that transpired. As Daniel Brühl's filmmaker Thomas points out, »
In an excerpt from this week's Guardian Film Show Henry Barnes, Peter Bradshaw and Benjamin Lee review Daniel Brühl as a desperate director on the hunt for a film in Michael Winterbottom's take on the press frenzy around the Meredith Kercher murder trail. Co-starring Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne The Face of an Angel is released in the UK on Friday 27 March Continue reading »
- Henry Barnes, Peter Bradshaw, Benjamin Lee, Richard Sprenger, Catarina Monzani, Gabriel Edvy and Andrea Salvatici
Michael Winterbottom and the star of his film inspired by the murder of Meredith Kercher discuss the challenge of tackling such an emotive case – and what it taught them about the media today
There’s an early scene in The Face of an Angel where Kate Beckinsale and Daniel Brühl swig espresso in a scenic Roman square. As a troupe of street performers seem to levitate behind them, the pair discuss their plan to observe a murder trial in Siena. “If you’re going to make the film, make it a fiction,” Beckinsale’s seasoned journalist Simone tells Thomas, the dissolute director played by Brühl. “You can’t tell the truth unless you make it a fiction.” Brühl furrows his brows and concurs.
Related: How can a feature film about Amanda Knox ring more true than the news?
Related: Michael Winterbottom’s Meredith Kercher movie: revealing truths through fiction
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- Paul MacInnes
★★★☆☆ Michael Winterbottom's latest feature, The Face of an Angel (2014), explores the intersection of beauty, youth, sex and violent crime. Inspired by Amanda Knox's alleged murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy, Winterbottom offers a perceptive, but at times plodding, take on the media's sensationalised coverage of her trial. Thomas Lang (Daniel Bruhl) arrives in Italy to research and write his next film. He meets Simone Ford (Kate Beckinsale), a journalist who been following the trial of American student Jessica Fuller, imprisoned for the murder of her flatmate Elizabeth Pryce (Sai Bennett). Thomas hopes to adapt Simone's book on the case. "Make it fiction," she urges him.
- CineVue UK
Every month, Netflix streams plenty of new movies to its costumers worldwide and April is no exception. They have revealed their spring line-up for the month ahead, and it includes two new horror releases that you simply can't miss. Especially if your already did so when they were in the theater. We also get three classic sequels, one franchise starter that launched an epic series, and a couple of lesser known oddities for the horror aficionado who thinks they've seen it all. Well, we're here to say you probably haven't! Take a look at the 9 can't miss horror movies coming to Netflix over the course of the next couple of weeks. You'll want to make sure you queue them up, and keep the lights on!
A troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children's book. »
Madrid – Brit actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen (NBC’s “Dracula,” “World Without End”) will star in “The Healer,” a feel-good drama marking Spanish director Paco Arango’s follow-up to his standout 2011 debut “Maktub” that will be produced by Enrique Posner (“Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” ”Justin and the Knights of Valor”).
Based on what Posner describes as a “highly personal original script,” “The Healer” is in itself a highly singular and inspiring project, yoking Arango’s love of filmmaking and his continuing life battle to help children fight cancer: A large portion of the proceeds from “The Healer” will be destined to help Paul Newman’s camps for seriously ill children (https://www.seriousfunnetwork.org/), where Arango is a board member.
Written by Arango, and set to roll June 6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, “The Healer” is produced by Arango and Posner, using Arango’s Calcon shingle, and by »
- John Hopewell
But James, who reprises his role as Four in this month's Insurgent, told Digital Spy that he is now unlikely to return for the sequel.
"No, they have something in the works, but my involvement in it is... I think it's going be very difficult to do that with these [Divergent] movies, and my other commitments," James said.
Kate Beckinsale, who has played Selena in all four of the Underworld movies to date, is also expected to be absent from the fifth instalment, although writer-producer Len Wiseman recently hinted otherwise.
James will begin shooting the final Divergent sequel, Allegiant, this summer, while his upcoming films in 2015 include crime thriller London Fields with Johnny Depp, and drama The Secret Scripture with Rooney Mara. »
The Face Of An Angel UK Trailer. Michael Winterbottom‘s The Face Of An Angel (2014) international movie trailer stars Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne, Daniel Brühl, Ava Acres, and Genevieve Gaunt. The Face Of An Angel‘s plot synopsis: “Thomas Lang (Daniel Brühl) is a film [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Chinese real estate giant Dalian Wanda presented its planned Wanda Qingdao Studios facility at the annual Association of Film Commissioners International (Afci) locations show in Los Angeles. Wanda Studios Qingdao, which is due to open in April 2017, will be the world's largest film and television studio, spreading across 494 acres. Read More China 2014 in Review: Hollywood Strikes Deals, Alibaba Goes Public Wanda, which is headed up by Wang Jianlin, held a big launch party in Qingdao in Sept. 2013, attended by Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Weinstein, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta, Kate Beckinsale and Catherine Zeta-Jones. On completion, the
- Clifford Coonan
The Michael Winterbottom trailer centres on the trial of Amanda Knox, who was accused of sexually assaulting and killing British student Meredith Kercher.
Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of the crime. Knox served four years before being acquitted. However, she was found guilty once again in a retrial.
Brühl stars as a filmmaker who travels to Italy to research a film adaptation of the book. He soon forges a friendship with a British student, played by Delevingne.
The Face of an Angel will be released in the UK on March 27 and in the Us on June 30. »
If you ever wanted the Amanda Knox story fictionalized, put up on the big screen, and told through the eyes of a struggling director, then Michael Winterbottom's distinct approach to "The Face Of An Angel" is for you. But for anybody else looking for legal drama, controversy, or even anything resembling a pulse, they might want to look elsewhere. Still, the stars may be enough to draw you in and the first full length trailer for the movie is here. Daniel Brühl, Cara Delevingne and Kate Beckinsale star in the movie which pivots around a director who is hired to make a movie about a sensational murder trial in Italy surrounding a young American student (sound familiar?). But when he gets there to do further research, he strikes up a relationship with a young bartender. The movie tends to focus more on that angle instead, and also becomes an indictment of tabloid culture, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Allison Burnett, who has been behind such screenplays as Autumn in New York starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder as well as the Kate Beckinsale vampire warrior sequel Underworld: Awakening has inked with Paradigm Talent Agency. Among Burnett’s projects in development are Oxford, which he sold on spec to Screen Gems with Temple Hill producing, as well as A Beautiful Disaster, which he is writing for EuropaCorp. Other Burnett writing credits include Feast of Lov… »
With the one-two punch of Prisoners and Enemy, Denis Villeneuve (pictured above) delivered two of the most tense, visually engrossing thrillers in years, and there’s no reason to suspect that the director’s next project, drug runner drama Sicario, will break his winning streak. Lionsgate has set a September 18th limited release for the pic, with plans to expand into more theaters a week later.
Emily Blunt stars as an idealistic FBI agent who gets in over her head when she is introduced to the shadowy world of international drug trafficking by two members of a government task force (Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro). Enlisted in a daring plot to take down a Mexican cartel boss, the agent must rely on her wits and training to stay alive, even as the specifics of the mission lead her to question what ethical and moral lines she’s willing to »
- Isaac Feldberg
In addition, Marcia Gay Harden (Fifty Shades of Grey), Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Mila Kunis (Jupiter Ascending) have all also been made offers to appear in the film, but as of now no official confirmation on any of the leading ladies has been announced.
The spin-off will follow reportedly “follow group of female spies who are tasked with rescuing a weapons engineer, taken hostage by a decadent, womanizing Indonesian Sultan.”
If Watts sign on, she will reportedly play Nancy, a guns and munitions specialist who lives a cookie-cutter soccer-mom life in La, »
- Scott J. Davis
A poster has been released for Michael Winterbottom’s psychological thriller The Face of an Angel, which is inspired by the murder of Meredith Kercher, and stars Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne and Valerio Mastandrea…
Thomas Lang (Daniel Brühl) is a film director who is offered the chance to adapt a book by American journalist Simone Ford (Kate Beckinsale), which recounts the controversial trial of American student Jessica Fuller for the murder of her flatmate Elizabeth Pryce. To help with his research, Simone takes Thomas to Siena, where he is disturbed by the media frenzy that has developed around the case.
After visiting the crime scene, Thomas, who is separated from his wife and daughter, begins to question not only the motives of the people around him, from the financiers of the film to the press corps, but also his own. As Thomas descends into his own personal torment, »
- Gary Collinson
The actress and model will appear in the feature, which is currently called Prime Mover.
Jagger explained to Love magazine that it is set in the Occupy Wall Street movement, but did not specify a release date.
On Delevingne, Jagger said: "She's an amazing actress, and she's so perfect for this part it's a joke.
"It's like it was written for her, but it wasn't. Scheduling her is really stressful scheduling though!"
It will be the first time that Jagger has produced a film, while Delevingne has taken on several acting roles in the past few years.
We’ve been through many cycles of cinematic history now, reached many milestones and have given birth to many cliche’s as well, but as time draws forth, where does film take hold to ensure a continued future of innovation? Certainly, technology does, and will always have its part in the creative endeavor of filmmaking, but when it comes to story, are we beginning to see the long, slow death of originality? On some levels, I fear this may be a temporary reality, but much like life and energy itself, never truly dies and will always find a way.
It will come as no surprise that many a studio film is churned out in formulaic fear of stirring the pot, rousing the dormant interest of adventurous viewers, but we still have our independence. Indie filmmakers, the experimenters, the explorers, the balls-to-the-wall, no excuses, just make it happen and make it yours pioneers. »
- Travis Keune
Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale tried to keep warm on the chilly Dublin set of their new feature film Love and Friendship. Chloe Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale Filming In between takes, Sevigny and Beckinsale bundled up against the cold, wearing coats over their period costume dresses. Beckinsale, with her coat wrapped around her shoulders, was also […]
- Chelsea Regan
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