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Fabrice Du Welz (born 21 October 1972 in Belgium) is a Belgian film director and screenwriter. He has directed several films including Calvaire in 2004, Vinyan in 2008 and Message from the King in 2016.

Fabrice du Welz
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Born (1972-10-21) 21 October 1972 (age 46)
OccupationFilm director
Screenwriter
Years active2004–present

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Fabrice du Welz, born 21 October 1972. Initially he was a student at a Jesuit school. Before he studied at the Dramatic Arts Conservatory of Liege (Belgium) then and then a year at the INSAS, the cinema training institute of Brussels.[1] Starting in 1990, he directed a number of films in Super 8. After his studies, he collaborated on comedy sketches for Canal+, “La Grande Famille”, “Nulle Part Ailleurs”. In 1999, he directed the short film Quand On Est Amoureux C'est Merveilleux, which won the Grand Prize of the Gerardmer Festival in 2001.[1]

In 1999, he directed the short film Wonderful Love that won the Grand Prize of the Festival of Gerardmer. Aged of 25,[2] in 2004 he directed his first feature film, Calvaire starring Laurent Lucas and Jackie Berroyer which was selected in Critics' Week of the Cannes Film Festival 2005.[3] In 2007, he directed Vinyan with Emmanuelle Béart and Rufus Sewell in Thailand and selected in official competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2008.

In 2012, he directed Colt 45,[4] from a screenplay Fathi Beddiar starring Gérard Lanvin and Joeystarr, produced by Thomas Langmann that ultimately failed to deliver in the budget, forcing the director to delete important scenes that were too expensive. Moreover, the two stars refuse to come back on the set as Du Welz would be there too. He stated "It almost ruined me" and that the set became "a toxic environment".[2] Fabrice du Welz and Fathi Beddiar, later decided not to support the film when it was released in August 2014.

In 2013, he directed Alleluia, a free adaptation of the news story immortalized in 1970 by the film The Honeymoon Killers starring Laurent Lucas and Lola Dueñas.[2] The film was selected for the 'Directors' Fortnight' in Cannes in 2014.

In 2015, he directed Message from the King produced by David Lancaster (Drive, Whiplash, Nightcrawler) and Stephen Cornwell (A Most Wanted Man) in Los Angeles starring Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer, Alfred Molina and Natalie Martinez. The film premiered on September 8, 2016 at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Knott, J.A. "Zeta Minor - Interview with Fabrice Du Welz - "Calvaire"". www.zetaminor.com. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Sharf, Zach (21 July 2015). "'Alleluia' Director Fabrice Du Welz on Finding the Empathy in Psychological Horror". indiewire.com. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  3. ^ S, Ian. "Genre bares its teeth". Screen. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  4. ^ Mintzer, Jordan (19 August 2014). "'Colt 45': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 December 2018.

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