The story of the Memphis Three is both heartbreaking and infuriating -- in this modern day and age, we still have immense difficulty figuring out who's guilty and who's innocent.
Canadian director Atom Egoyan's latest movie, "Devil's Knot," (which premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival), looks at the famous case from a fictionalized, original point-of-view: his movie follows the actions of the missing boys' mother (Reese Witherspoon) and a private investigator named Ron Lax (Colin Firth).
In the 1994 case, three teen boys were convicted of murdering three younger boys in what the prosecution called a Satanic ritual. But many believed the teens to be innocent and rallied the support of celebrities to raise money for their legal defense. In 2010, their convictions were overturned, though they were not entirely cleared of wrongdoing.
Moviefone Canada chatted with Egoyan at TIFF about his film, his thoughts on modern justice, and why he wanted to make a film about a case that's already so well-documented.
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"Devil's Knot" opens in theatres on January 24.