VIFF 2014: The Face of an Angel | Awesome Friday!

The Face of an Angel | VIFF 2014

A few years ago, a young British woman was murdered in Sienna, Italy. The case gained worldwide attention as the girls’ American roommate and friend were accused, tried, and convicted of the crime and then later acquitted on appeal.

The Face of an Angel is a fictionalization of this case. Sort of. Rather than going for the true crime angle, director Michael Winterbottom and writer Paul Viragh instead tell the story of a washed-up film director in Sienna trying to find a story among the city, the massive media presence, and local characters during the appeal trial.

Yes, we’re talking about a director making a film about a director trying to make a film about a real-life story, and also using Dante’s Inferno as a frame for the story. Yeah. It’s a bit weird. It’s not what I’d call bad, but it’s definitely weird.