12-year-old Paul lives an isolated existence with his mother, who works at a private psychiatric hospital in the woods near their house. One day, Paul encounters a young teen named Gloria, a mysterious new patient with whom he quickly becomes infatuated. As the fledgling pair forge a tentative friendship, Gloria convinces Paul to help her escape. But when they embark on a perilous journey together, his devotion is put to the test as Gloria's dangerous unpredictability gradually starts to surface.
- Méliès d'Argent to a Feature Film, Best Photography, Special Jury Prize, Special Mention (Official Fantastic Competition) - Sitges IFFF
- Locarno Film Festival 2019
- Sarajevo Film Festival 2019
- Helsinki IFF - Love & Anarchy 2019
- Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2019
- BFI London Film Festival 2019
- Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2019
- Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal 2019
- International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020
- Fantine Harduin
- Thomas Gioria
- Benoît Poelvoorde
- Anaël Snoek
- Peter Van Den Begin
- Charlotte Vandermeersch
- Gwendoline Gourvennec
- Laurent Lucas
- Vincent Tavier
- Fabrice du Welz
- Romain Protat
- Manu Dacosse
- Anne-Laure Guégan
- Vincent Cahay
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Adoration functions best as a kind of unorthodox, edgy, two-handed coming-of-ager, following its protagonists along the often disorienting paths of budding sexuality: puppy love meets amour fou.
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.