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 American film festivals this fall, we expect to open in theaters late this year or early next."
Carlotta Films also acquired the film for French distribution. "Alleluia" is du Welz's third film -- he previously directed creepy cult mindbender "The Ordeal (Calvaire)," and "Vinyan," neither of which made significant waves at the box office.