Alleluia, the new film by Belgian director Fabrice du Welz, has been selected for this year’s Directors’ Fortnight (15-25 May), the independent section of the Cannes Film Festival, revealed artistic director Edouard Waintrop, announcing 19 features and 11 short films. Bart Van Langendonck of production hub Savage Film co-produced the film for Flanders.
Alleluia is du Welz’s fourth film after Calvaire, Vinyan and Colt 45. Although situated once more in the Belgian Ardennes, the story is loosely based on real events that shook the United States between 1947 and 1949, and which later served as inspiration for various books and film adaptations, including Leonard Kastle’s The Honeymoon Killers, which tells the story of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, a young nurse and a small-time swindler who go on the run together.
With Spanish actress Lola Dueñas (Mar adentro, Volver) and Calvaire lead actor Laurent Lucas, du Welz has created a similar story about Gloria who, together with her daughter, runs away from her manipulative and jealous husband to start a new life. Impelled by a friend, Gloria agrees to meet Michel through a dating site. They fall deeply in love and, tied by a powerful bond, embark on a deadly path.
Du Welz wrote the script of Alleluia with Vincent Tavier, who also produced the film for La Parti Production (A Town Called Panic, The Last Days of Emma Blank). Co-producers are French company Radar and Bart Van Langendonck of Flemish production banner Savage Film (Labyrinthus, Liebling, Bullhead). The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.