Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. rights to The Face Of An Angel, director Michael Winterbottom’s psychological thriller inspired by the killing of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy and the resulting trial of her flatmate, American student Amanda Knox. Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, Valerio Mastandrea and Cara Delevingne star in the tale of a film director (Brühl) researching a movie based on a violent Kercher-esque murder case who becomes tormented by the motivations of everyone involved, including himself. The WestEnd Films production premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month and next hits the London Film Festival this week. Screen Media is planning a day and date release in Q2 of 2015.
The Face Of An Angel is scripted by Paul Viragh and produced by Melissa Parmenter. It’s based on the book Angel Face: The True Story Of Student Killer Amanda Knox by Barbie Latza Nadeau, an Italy-based journalist who covered the Knox case. Christine Langan, Eric Anidjar, Leon Benarroch, Roberto Mitrani, Norman Merry, Ed Wethered, Anthony Jabre, Reza Safinia and Susana Hornil are executive producers. Screen Media President Suzanne Blech and Director of Acquisitions & Marketing Seth Needle negotiated the deal with WestEnd Films’ Fabien Westerhoff on behalf of the filmmakers.