Music Box acquires North American rights to Cannes standout Alleluia

Music Box has acquired all North American rights to Belgian genre filmmaker Fabrice du Welz’s gritty horror movie and Cannes' Directors' Fornight standout ALLELUIA, reports Variety.

ALLELUIA stars Lola Duenas as a lonely single mother and Laurent Lucas as a small-time gigolo who meet through a dating website and embark into a destructive and deadly passion. Penned by Du Welz and Vincent Tavier, the movie is freely inspired by the story of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez which made headlines in the U.S. in the late 40′s.

The film is expected to open in theaters later this year or in early 2015. Below is an extended synopsis.

“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 (profession: gigolo), is thrilled and Gloria falls deeply in love.

Out of fear, Michel runs away, but Gloria comes to find him and makes him promise never to leave her again. She is ready to do anything to salvage this love. She abandons her daughter and pretends to be Michel’s sister, so that he can continue his “widow” scams.

But jealousy drives Gloria crazy, and she eventually kills Marguerite, one of the widows. Michel is in shock, but the two lovers remain tied to each other by some powerful link. They will keep going on their sordid path. Beyond the morbid pact that unites them, Michel finds in Gloria a sort of mother figure he has always been deprived of; for Gloria, Michel is the incarnation of absolute love in a life she thought was over.

I've heard some positive word-of-mouth on ALLELUIA so I'm looking forward to checking this one out. Hopefully we'll see a trailer for this one come our way soon.

Source: Variety



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