Luka Magnotta film pulled from Montreal film festival
Documentary Sex, Fame and Murder: The Luka Magnotta Story pulled 3 weeks before murder trial set to begin
A documentary film about Luka Magnotta has been pulled from Montreal’s World Film Festival just weeks before his murder trial is set to begin.
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The film, Sex, Fame and Murder: The Luka Magnotta Story, was created by Canal D Investigation and, according to a Marble Media press release, promised to take an "up close and personal look into the life of this fame-hungry individual."
Magnotta is accused of killing and dismembering Jun Lin, a Chinese student living in Montreal, in 2012.
According to film distribution company Marble Media, the documentary features analysis from journalists, attorneys, police and an FBI criminal profiler.
The company also said it would focus on Magnotta's past as an adult film entertainer and his online presence.
A partial publication ban was put on the Magnotta trial after production began on the film.
The Montreal World Film Festival said it pulled the film from its programming this year in consultation with Canal D so as to not interfere with Magnotta’s trial.
"The decision was made so that the distribution of this documentary is not used as a pretext during the judicial process to ensure decisions are rendered in the most fair and unbiased manner possible," a statement from the film festival read.
The World Film Festival runs from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1. Magnotta’s murder trial is set to begin Sept. 8.