Press 06 OCT 2014

Du Welz’ Alleluia wins Méliès d'Or

At the occasion of the 47th edition of Sitgès international fantastic Film Festival, Alleluia by Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz has been awarded by the Golden Méliès for the best European fantastic film.

A few days earlier the film was qualified for the competition by winning the Silver Méliès at Lund international Fantastic Film Festival.

The Golden Méliès is an award from the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation. It rewards the best fantastic or sci-fi film. Each of the nine members of the federation attributes each year a Silver Méliès to one of the films in competition. Winning the Silver Méliès automatically qualify the film for the Golden competition.

Amongst the other candidates were in particular The strange colours of your body’s tears, another French-speaking Belgian film, Denis Villeneuve’s Spanish production Enemy and Blind by norvegian director Eskil Vogt.

It’s the second year in a row, after In the name of the son by Vincent Lannoo in 2013, that a French-speaking Belgian film wins the prestigious award.

End of September, Alleluia was awarded 4 prizes at the Austin Fantastic Film fest: best picture, best director, best actor and best actress.

World premiered at the Cannes Directors Fortnight in May, Alleluia is touring woldwide. It will be presented for the first time in Belgium at the international Film Festival of Namur October 8th. Amongst next destinations : Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Busan international Film Festival and AFI Fest in Los Angeles.

Alleluia is a free adaptation of an American ‘fait divers’ better known as « the Lonely Hearts Killers» and takes us along the meanders of a destructive passion.

Manipulated by a possessive and jealous husband Gloria runs away with her little daughter to build a new life far from the world and men. At the insistence of her girlfriend Madeleine she agrees to meet a man called Michel via a dating site. Michel, a cheap small-time confidence trickster (profession: gigolo), gets in a flurry by the encounter and Gloria falls madly in love with him. She abandons her daughter en passes herself off as Michel’s sister in order to enable him to continue cheating lonely widows. But Gloria is increasingly eaten up by jealousy...

Releases are planned durng the next weeks in the USA (Music Box Distribution), France (Carlotta) and Belgium (O’Brother).

Alleluia has been granted by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, Wallimage and the Belgian Tax Shelter. SND handles the international sales.