13 items from 2014
This weekend, three out of the four films presented in the official competition at the Paris International Film Festival were directed by a duo, and each feature offers a unique look at the theme of love where the eerie protagonists are all female. Oscillating between passion and obsession, their Delphic climax invite the spectator's conclusion. Or imagination. Presented in the official selection of the Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Franco-Belgian production Alleluia, directed by Fabrice Du Welz, takes on an odyssey of crime and passion in a psychological thriller based loosely on the story of the notorious Honeymoon Killers, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, a young nurse and confidence trickster who went on a rampage in the late 1940s. “Show me your shoes and I’ll tell you who you are.” Michel (Laurent Lucas) is a shoe salesman who claims he provides a public service to his customers. »
- Talia Soghomonian
Freely adapted from the "stranger than fiction" true tale of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez (aka the "Honeymoon Killers" of the late 1940s), the movie Alleluia is a dark and twisted love story comprising four chapters titled for its female characters and centering around a specific crime. This is the second film in Fabrice du Welz’s trilogy about the Belgian Ardennes -- the first being the 2004 horror film Calvaire.
Gloria (Lola Dueñas) lives a fairly solitary life with her young daughter, with her primary companions ibeing the corpses that she prepares as a nurse in the morgue at a local hospital. Her friend Madeline (Stéphane Bissot) convinces her to go out with the handsome and charismatic Michel (Laurent Lucas), who she has found through an online dating site. It is quickly revealed that Michel is even worse than the men your friends warned you about on the Internet -- »
- Debbie Cerda
The festival runs in Austin, Texas, from September 18-25. For further details about all the winners click here.
Audience Award presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter:
Next Wave Spotlight Competition presented by Dell Precision:
Best Director: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, The Tribe
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Aye!—you make my festival experience sound like a superhuman toil! If anything, I'm seeing less than you, as you get the pleasures of catching up with the crème de la crème of Cannes. It seems like I see a lot because I'm often reporting on a slew of shorts, but remember, the Wavelengths shorts programs so central to my (any many others') Tiff experience are only four strong, over nearly as soon as they start, the Monday after the festival's opening night. Don't you see what I'm actually doing here? I'm luxuriating in your taking the pressure off me, handling all the much anticipated films by the big auteurs while I get to relax, scribbling notes in the margin about the smaller movies: you make my life easier! That being said, there are still some major films I need to tell you about, to begin wrapping the festival experience up. »
- Daniel Kasman
The madness and obsession of love is a recurring theme in Fabrice de Welz's first two films Calvaire and Vinyan, and his latest, Alleluia, continues this trend. Taking on the infamous tale of the Honeymoon Killers (an American couple who conned and murdered several older women in the mid-20th century), with stellar performances by Laurent Lucas and especially Lola Dueñas, Alleluia is a fire-charged thriller than spins a disturbing and all-too-believable web of such madness, jealousy, sex and murder.Gloria (Dueñas) is a lonely single mother working at a hospital somewhere in Belgium. A friend signs her up for a singles website, and Gloria arranges a date with Michel (Lucas), a shoe salesman. But Michel is a also a con artist who bilks lonely women of their...
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Respectively coming off red-hot Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight titles in big winner Les Combattants and Alleluia, actresses Adèle Haenel and Lola Dueñas are reteaming (they both appeared in Katell Quillévéré’s Suzanne) on Léa Fehner’s sophomore film which begins lensing next month. According to Cineuropa, Marion Bouvarel, Marc Barbé and the filmmaker’s own father and sister in François and Inès Fehner are also joining the project. Les Ogres digs into the filmmaker’s family background - François Fehner knows a thing or two about pitching up a tent. Bus Films’ Philippe Liégeois is producing.
Worth Noting: Fehner’s Venice Film Fest selected debut film Silent Voice (see trailer below), won the prestigious Louis Delluc Prize for Best First Film.
Do We Care?: Moving away from prison walls »
- Eric Lavallee
Definitely in the Godfather: Part II category of films where the second instalment might be the jewel of a proposed trio of films, Fabrice Du Welz’s Ardennes trilogy which began with The Ordeal and was seconded with Alleluia, frankly one of the best films to come out of Cannes this year, and perhaps the best item in the Directors’ Fortnight — has been picked up by the Music Box Films folks. We imagine this will spend more time on the fest circuit before its eventual theatrical release.
Gist: The film revolves around real-life 1940s serial killers and lovers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez – known as “the honeymoon killers’ — who went on a frenzied killing spree across the Us.
Do We Care? The Ioncinema.com Cannes team of Nicholas, Blake and I, were pretty much in agreeance »
- Eric Lavallee
We recently told you about Vinyan and Calvaire director Fabrice du Welz's next film, Alleluia, which brings a ripped-from-the-headlines tale to horrifying life. Today comes word that a distribution home for the film has been found so read on for the scoop!
Per Variety, Chicago-based arthouse distributor Music Box has acquired all North American rights to the Belgian genre filmmaker’s gritty horror movie. The film was also acquired by Carlotta Films, a company specializing in classics, for French distribution.
Head over to the official Alleluia website to learn more.
Manipulated by a loving and jealous husband, Gloria has run away with her daughter and started a new life far away from men and from the rest of the world. Impelled by her friend, »
- John Squires
Indie distributor Music Box has acquired the North American rights to "Alleluia," Belgian director Fabrice du Welz's horror/drama film that generated buzz at this year's Cannes Directors' Fortnight. Lola Dueñas stars as a single mother who meets a gigolo played by Laurent Lucas and sets out on a dangerous love affair. The film is loosely inspired by the real-life events of Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, a couple who became known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" after they embarked on a spree of murders between 1947 and 1949 and were later fictionalized in Leonard Kastle's 1969 "The Honeymoon Killers." "Fabrice du Welz has refashioned, with tremendous precision, 'The Honeymoon Killers' into a toweringly unhinged love story both bizarre and beautiful," Edward Arentz, managing director of Music Box Films, said. "'Alleluia' is nothing short of an answered prayer for lovers of extreme cinema. After showcasing it at select North. »
- Jacob Combs
It was just about four years ago that we first told you about Alleluia, the latest film from the man behind the French horror flicks Calvaire and Vinyan. At long last, some stills have finally surfaced, leading us to believe that it won't be long before this one enters our lives. Check 'em out!
Head over to the official Alleluia website to learn more.
Manipulated by a loving and jealous husband, Gloria has run away with her daughter and started a new life far away from men and from the rest of the world. Impelled by her friend, Madeleine, she agrees to meet Michel through a dating site. The first time they see each other, there is a spark. Michel, the small-time crook »
- John Squires
Cannes - The Cannes Film Festival is certainly easier than some of its North American cousins in regards to the sheer number of movies screened and how they are scheduled (two major films rarely premiere at the same time). That being said, too many 8:30am screenings and it's easy for the whole festival to get away from you a bit. With that in mind, here are three quick capsule reviews from this year's fest. "Coming Home" Over the past 15 years, master film director Zhang Yimou's work seems to have settled into two distinct styles. He's best known for visionary epics such as "Hero," "Curse of the Golden Flower" and, most recently, "The Flowers of War." Alternatively, Yimou has also crafted small, intimate dramas that rarely show any hint of his great cinematic eye. That is the Yimou audiences will experience in his new drama "Coming Home," starring longtime muse »
- Gregory Ellwood
There will be market premieres of:
One of Spain’s foremost women directors, Gutiérrez cast more than 200 professional dancers including world champions for her salsa musical romance Ciudad Delirio between a dedicated Spanish dancer and a beautiful Colombian salsa dancer.
Fellow countryman Jack Zagha’s road movie comedy One For The Road with three 80-year-olds »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
13 items from 2014
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