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Alleluia, winner of the Méliès d’Or

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- The film by Fabrice du Welz received the Méliès d’Or for best European Fantasy Film during the 47th edition of the prestigious Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival

Alleluia, winner of the Méliès d’Or
Alleluia by Fabrice du Welz

Upon winning the Méliès d’Argent at the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival in Sweden at the end of September, Alleluia [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film focus
interview: Fabrice Du Welz
film profile
]
automatically qualified for the Méliès d’Or "finale". Featuring among the hopefuls was another film from Wallonia-Brussels, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears [+see also:
film review
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
by Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet, the Spanish production Enemy [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Canadian Denis Villeneuve and Blind [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Eskil Vogt
interview: Eskil Vogt
film profile
]
by Norweigan Eskil Vogt. Fabrice du Welz thus entered the prize list of this prestigious competition, notably alongside Michael Winterbottom (Code 46 [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), Alex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus [+see also:
trailer
film focus
interview: Álex de la Iglesia
film profile
]
) and Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam’s Apples [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Anders Thomas Jensen
interview: Mads Mikkelsen
interview: Tivi Magnusson
film profile
]
).

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This is therefore the second consecutive year that a Belgian movie takes home the prestigious prize, since the trash and iconoclastic comedy by Vincent Lannoo, In the Name of the Son [+see also:
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
, won the award last year.

The Méliès d'Or is a prize awarded as part of the European Fantastic Films Festival Federation (EFFFF). It awards the best European fantasy or sci-fi film of the year. Each of the nine member festivals (including the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival) each year awards a Méliès d'Argent to one of the films in competition. When a work is awarded a Méliès d'Argent it is then automatically nominated for the Méliès d'Or. At the end of September, Alleluia also took home four awards at the Austin Fantastic Film Festival for best film, best director, best actor and best actress.

Making its world premiere at the Directors' Fortnight last May, Alleluia is cleaning out festivals all over the world. It will be shown for the first time in Belgium at the International Francophone Film Festival in Namur on 8 October. Among its upcoming destinations are: the New Cinema Festival in Montreal, the International Film Festival in Busan and the AFI-Fest in Los Angeles. In addition, cinema releases are planned in the coming weeks in the US (Music Box Distribution), France (Carlotta) and Belgium (O’Brother).

(Translated from French)

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