The Face of an Angel

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US Distributor:
Screen Media
UK Distributor:
Soda Pictures
Psychological Thriller
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Running Time:
100 mins
Michael Winterbottom
Daniel Bruhl, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne, Valerio Mastandrea
Melissa Parmenter for Revolution Films, with BBC Films, Multitrade, Ypsilon Films in association with Lipsync LLP and made with the participation of the Tuscan region

Why are we fascinated by murder? Inspired by the killing of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy, The Face of An Angel looks beyond the salacious headlines to  explore both the media and the public's obsession with violent stories, whether fictional or real.
Thomas Lang (Daniel Bruhl) 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, he is rescued by his friendship with a young, guileless British student, Melanie (Cara Delevingne). Through Melanie he begins to realise that he no longer wants to make a film about violence and guilt – he wants to make a film about love and innocence.  He wants to make a film that will honour the victim, that will focus on the life, the love and the happiness that have been taken from her. 

'Michael Winterbottom's exploration into the nature of truthful filmmaking and storytelling makes for a rich, poetic film'

'The central performances are impressive, with Kate Beckinsale especially good as journalist Simone'

'Cara Delevingne in a striking debut performance'

'It's a fairly accurate description of modern journalism. The use of freelancers and their relationships in particular'
- THE INDEPENDENT 4-star review

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Cara Delevingne has been nominated by the National Film Awards for Best Newcomer in The Face of an Angel, by Michael Winterbottom.

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6 February, 2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

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2/6/2014 by Stuart Kemp

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NICK CLARK Wednesday 05 February 2014

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Kate Beckinsale has joined the cast of Michael Winterbottom's The Face of an Angel, an exploration of our fascination with violence based on the Amanda Knox case.

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Daniel Bruhl leads Winterbottom’s Angel

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Release information

UK Distributor

Soda Pictures
Release Date:
27th March 2015

US Distributor

Screen Media
Release Date:
19th June 2015

German Distributor

Concorde Filmverleih
Release Date:
21st May 2015


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