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Music Box Acquires North American Rights to Cannes Fave 'Alleluia'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 26, 2014 at 11:02AM

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.
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"Alleluia"
Music Box Films "Alleluia"

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.

This article is related to: Lola Dueñas, Music Box Films, Cannes


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.