Fabrice du Welz

Fabrice du Welz

Belgium

I’ve never wanted to make overtly provocative films. People say I make violent films, but what I actually try to do is explore the issues that fascinate me, issues affecting humanity: the inability to love, to live, to suffer and, simply, to be.

Graduate of the Conservatory of Dramatic Art of Liège and INSAS in Brussels, Fabrice du Welz quickly made his entrance into television as a screenwriter for LA GRANDE FAMILLE and NULLE PART AILLEURS. His first short, WHEN YOU'RE IN LOVE, IT'S WONDERFUL (1999), already presaged the strong and singular identity of the director. Fabrice began to stand out as figurehead of genre cinema with CALVAIRE (2004), presented at the Critics Week at Cannes, the horror film won the 2005 Jury Prize at the International Critics at Gérardmer.
He next explored the fantastic with a trip to the Thai jungles in VINYAN (2008), before launching himself into the whodunit with COLT 45 (2014).
ALLELUIA (2014), a free adaptation of an item in the American news featuring the "Honeymoon Killers," plunges into the meanderings of destructive passion. His latest film, ADORATION (2019) premiered at the Locarno FF.