Archive of films Alleluia / Alleluia

Belgium / France
2014, 90 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2014

Gloria meets the charming Michel through an online ad. Sparks fly, and Gloria discovers that she will do anything to keep Michel’s love. The provocative director again delves deep into the human soul, exploring not only the purity of love but also uncontrollable passion and the pathological desire to possess and control. Inspired by true events, the film’s oppressive atmosphere is amplified by almost hallucinatory lensing and excellent performances.


Gloria lives alone with her daughter, having left her manipulative husband. One day, she answers an online personal ad. When she meets Michel, there is an immediate spark, and Gloria feels that she will do anything to hold onto this amazing love. But Michel is used to living off the money of the women he meets through his ads. The provocative and original Belgian director again delves deep into the human soul in search not only of the purity of love, but also of uncontrollable passion and the pathological desire to possess and control. Welz examines how far people are capable of going once they have begun to lose control over reality and over themselves. This exploration of psychological dependence within a relationship is told through a suggestive and oppressive atmosphere that is enhanced by almost hallucinatory lensing and by excellent performances from Laurent Lucas and Lola Dueñas. The story is inspired by a news report that shocked America in the years 1947-49.

About the director

Fabrice du Welz

Fabrice du Welz (b. 1972, Brussels) graduated from the Royal Conservatory in Liège and the INSAS film school in Brussels. His short film When You’re in Love, It’s Wonderful (Quand on est amoureux c’est merveilleux, 1999) was Welz’s springboard for his feature-length debut, the extravagant drama Calvaire (2004), which was screened during Critics’ Week at Cannes and as part of Karlovy Vary’s Focus on Belgian Film in 2010. His second film, Vinyan, was shown at Venice in 2008. His latest film, Alleluia, was shown during Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s festival in Cannes.


The Festival Agency
Kwerk, 22 Bd Malesherbes, 750 08, Paris
Tel: +33 954 904 863
E-mail: [email protected]

SND - Groupe M6
46 rue Jacques Dulud, 92575, Neuilly sur Seine
Tel: +33 141 926 866
Fax: +33 141 926 869
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Fabrice du Welz
Screenplay: Fabrice du Welz, Vincent Tavier
Dir. of Photography: Manu Dacosse
Music: Vincent Cahay
Editor: Anne-Laure Guégan
Producer: Vincent Tavier, Clément Miserez, Matthieu Warter
Production: Panique
Coproduction: Radar Films, Savage Film, One Eyed, Versus
Cast: Lola Dueñas, Laurent Lucas, Helena Noguerra, Edith le Merdy, Anne-marie Loop
Contact: The Festival Agency, SND - Groupe M6


Elodie Dupont

Distributor, Festival Organizer, Sales Agent, Service Company Rep.


© 2024 FILM SERVIS FESTIVAL KARLOVY VARY, a.s. [email protected] +420 221 411 011 All contacts

AccommodationsAccommodations Festival Pass, tickets, reservationsFestival Pass, tickets
HistoryHistory ContactsContacts
Archive of filmsArchive of films KVIFF TalksKVIFF Talks
Industry Days Programme 2021Industry Days Programme KVIFF Eastern PromisesKVIFF Eastern Promises
VideogalleryVideogallery PhotogalleryPhotogallery
ContactsContacts Posters of the 57th KV IFFPosters of the 57th KV IFF
HistoryHistory Festival GuideFestival Guide