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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #18. Inexorable – Fabrice Du Welz

Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #18. Inexorable – Fabrice Du Welz


Hot on the heels of his Locarno debuted Adoration (read review), the final chapter in his thematic Ardennes trilogy, Belgian auteur Fabrice du Welz moves immediately into production on his seventh feature, Inexorable, which promises to reutilize the troubled young woman played by Fantine Harduin at the center of his last film. With Frakas Productions on board, du Welz reunites with The Jokers Films for what promises to be a low-key chamber piece about an author and his disturbing new muse, co-written by Aurelien Molas.

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Gist: Marcel Bellmer has never been able to deal with success, which has caused him great strain after the publication of his celebrated debut novel, Inexorable. After a devastating depression, he moves into his recently deceased father-in-law’s estate with his wife, editor, daughter and dog. But then they hire Gloria as a cleaner, a fragile young woman who Marcel is compelled to get close to…until an old secret suddenly threatens to surface.

Release Date/Prediction: Du Welz is set to go into production in Spring of 2020, but the film’s intimate scale suggests the possibility of completion by the end of 2020. Du Welz premiered his debut Calvaire (2004) in Critics’ Week at Cannes, while 2014’s Alleluia went to Director’s Fortnight. 2008’s Vinyan played out of competition at Venice, and his 2016 English language debut Message from the King premiered at TIFF. While Cannes seems unlikely due to production, du Welz could be a contender for either Venice or TIFF’s Platform program.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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