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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #20. Fabrice Du Welz’s Alleluia

Alleluia

Director: Fabrice Du Welz
Writers: Fabrice Du Welz
Producer: Clément Miserez, Vincent Tavier, Matthieu Warter
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Laurent Lucas, Lola Duenas, Helena Noguerra

While he hasn’t released anything since 2008’s sorely underrated Vinyan, Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz has been busy. His first film since then, the Joey Starr led action thriller Colt 45, wrapped some time ago, and while we thought we’d see this released somewhere in 2013, it looks like 2014 should usher it into theaters. But even more exciting is that Welz is in post-production with Alleluia, which is meant to be the second chapter in his Ardennes trilogy, an opus kicked off by his delectably bizarre debut, 2004’s The Ordeal. This latest sees him reteam with everyone’s favorite star of weirdo French films, Laurent Lucas (who starred in The Ordeal), co-written and produced by Vincent Tavier, the man who wrote the screenplay for Man Bites Dog and producer of loopy weirdness for Belgian directing duo Benoit Delepine & Gustave de Kervern (2004’s Aaltra). Oh, and Welz is currently prepping the South Africa set Children of the Gun.

Gist: Loosely based on the true life crime story of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, Alleluia stars Lola Duenas and Laurent Lucas as a pair of destructive lovers on an escalating crime spree.

Release Date: Currently in post-production, we’re assuming this will premiere somewhere at Cannes. Calvaire made a splash in Critics’ Week back in 2004, and the fest might decide to premiere both of his currently completed works, but we’re assuming this title would end up in Directors’ Fortnight.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com'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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