Alleluia, Fabrice du Welz returns to his Ardennes trilogy
- In between two big French and American productions, Fabrice du Welz shoots the second part of his Ardennes trilogy, Alleluia, the follow-up to his widely noticed The Ordeal
One year after the filming of Colt 45, a noir movie with Ymanol Perset, Joey Starr, Gérard Lanvin, Simon Abkarian and Alice Taglioni, produced by La Petite Reine de Thomas Langmann, and which should be released in autumn, Fabrice du Welz is back with a very personal project, the second opus in his Ardennes trilogy, which began with his first feature, The Ordeal [+see also:
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film profile]. This trilogy, deeply rooted in the sometimes hostile Belgian Ardennes landscapes that were part of the director’s childhood, uncovers a series of seriously crazy characters, sometimes psychotic, in the midst of relatively bloody and completely nightmarish odysseys.
Du Welz is reunited with Laurent Lucas, the hero of The Ordeal, to whom he associates Spanish actress Lola Dueñas, who plays Gloria, the film’s heroine, who played an unseen character in The Ordeal. Focused on Gloria’s murderous frenzy, the story inspires itself freely from that of The Honeymoon Killers, this legendary criminal couple and hyperactive serial killers who murdered over 20 women in America in the late 40’s.
To light up this “grotesque tragedy, a sort of bloody dry opera, lacking lyricism, this road movie he dreamt strange, soft, violent and poetic”, du Welz once again called upon the singular talent of Benoît Debié, like for all his projects. He will also work again for the production with Vincent Tavier (producer of The Ordeal, A Town Called Panic [+see also:
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film profile]), who co-scripted Alleluia, and takes this opportunity to launch his new production outfit, Panique, which produces the film with Radar in partnership with One Eyed and Savage Film, and with the backing of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Wallimage, the VAF, BE TV, and Canal + for France, where the film will be distributed by SND.
It is finally worth noting that Fabrice du Welz keeps on filming, since from the moment the last clap is pronounced, he will begin to scout locations for his next film, an American production.
(Translated from French)
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