"Trial of the Century"

In the fall of 2007, a 21-year-old student named Amanda Knox arrived in Perugia, Italy, for a year-long study abroad programme. A few weeks later, Knox was arrested for the murder of her flatmate, the British student Meredith Kercher. "Amanda Knox" is produced by Denmark's Mette Heide for Plus Pictures. Toronto Film Festival 2016

Twice convicted and twice acquitted by Italian courts of the brutal killing of Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox became the subject of global speculation as non-stop media attention fed the public's fascination through every twist and turn of the nearly decade-long case.

In a world that remains strongly divided on the legal findings, Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn's "Amanda Knox" goes beyond guilt or innocence to shed new light on the "Trial of the Century" and the individuals who lived at the heart of the events of the past nine years.

Access to Key People and New Material

Featuring unprecedented access to key people involved and never-before-seen archival material, the film shifts between past to present, exploring the case from the inside out in exclusive interviews with Amanda Knox, her former co-defendant and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and Daily Mail reporter Nick Pisa.

As a hunger for salacious and exciting news stories grows, what role do we all play in the perpetuation and the creation of "front page" ready narratives? "Amanda Knox" is a human story that goes beyond the headlines to examine the often fraught relationship between true crime tragedy, justice and entertainment.

"Amanda Knox" is produced by Mette Heide for Plus Pictures, known for such films as Leslee Udwin's Peabody winning "India's Daughter," Lauren Greenfield's Sundance winner "The Queen of Versailles" and Brian McGinn's "The Record Breaker."

The film is making its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival (8-18 September) in the TIFF Docs section and is scheduled for a Netflix release following Toronto.

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