Cuatro años después de competir en la 57 edición del Festival conChloe, Atom Egoyan regresa a San Sebastián con su nuevo trabajo, un inquietante film de misterio basado en un caso real sobre tres niños que son asesinados en un pequeño pueblo. La policía identifica a tres adolescentes, que serán conocidos como “Los Tres de Memphis”, como los autores del crimen durante un ritual satánico. Pero la verdad puede ser aún más terrible cuando la madre de uno de los asesinados y un investigador privado comienzan a sospechar que las cosas no son como parecen. Colin Firth y Reese Witherspoon son los protagonistas del film.
Atom Egoyan dramatizes the fallout from the notorious 1993 West Memphis murders, focusing on the grieving mother (Reese Witherspoon) of one of the murdered boys as she grows increasingly troubled by the lynch-mob fever that grips the town.
When three young boys were brutally murdered in the small community of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993, their deaths led to shock and outrage in this tightly knit religious town. It wasn’t long before three teenagers were arrested, tried, and sentenced — two of them to life imprisonment and one to death — despite the fact that they all claimed innocence. This story of wrongful conviction roiled the American justice system, brought a number of prominent movie stars and rock musicians to the defence of the three young men, and resulted in a trilogy of documentaries, Paradise Lost, that did much to keep the case in the public eye.
Atom Egoyan has revisited the story of the West Memphis Three and dramatized it for the screen in a film as compelling and disturbing as the truth itself. Egoyan is a master at telling tales about deeply misunderstood outsiders, their families and communities, and their darkest fantasies. In Devil’s Knot Egoyan is completely at home sketching the small-town lives of ordinary people befuddled and angered by the senseless killing in their ostensibly safe town. Reese Witherspoon plays Pam Hobbs, mother of one of the murdered boys, whose grief and shock is palpably felt and subtly depicted. Into her life comes Ron Lax (Colin Firth, also at the Festival in The Railway Man), a private investigator for whom the sum of the case’s parts doesn’t quite add up, and who is driven to get at the truth.
While much of Devil’s Knot focuses on the adults embroiled in the case, Egoyan is also highly sensitive to the young accused, whose lives are shattered by the deaths and who must face the scorn of the town. The three are cast by a series of witnesses as deviant satanic cultists, as all sense of justice and proportion is abandoned in the rush for a convenient scapegoat.
|Orig. Work Title
||Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three
||Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Hoyt David Morgan, Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskeylley Jr., Mara Leveritt, Holly Ballard, Scott Derrickson, David Alpert, Jacob Pechenik, Michael Flynn
||Elizabeth Fowler, Richard Saperstein, Clark Peterson, Christopher Woodrow, Paul Harris Boardman
||Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer, Alessandro Nivola, Amy Ryan
||Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman
|U.S. Sales Agent:
||Creative Artists Agency (CAA), William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME)