Today, he spotlights Alleluia.
Alleluia Directed by Fabrice Du Welz Tuesday, November 18, 9 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 6:45 p.m. UA Pavilions
A film from Belgium, Alleluia "is going to be a little difficult to describe, because it hinges on a lot of suspense," Withey concedes. "It's a thriller, which is not necessarily our wheelhouse. We don't show a lot of edge-of-your-seat thrillers. But that makes it really fun when we find one that works.
"The film is based on a true story that was made into a film in the '60s called The Honeymoon Killers. In this version, the woman has recently split with whoever she'd been with and she's lonely, but not very interested in getting out there and hitting the singles scene. Her best friend talks her into going online to find someone to go out on a date with and she does -- and she meets this man and really falls for him. Hard.
"The man is a super-smooth talker and very handsome, and he sweeps her off her feet. But things start to go really awry from there. And that's what needs to be left to the audience to see. But I can say it doesn't turn out well for anybody from that point on.
"It's a really fun ride," Withey stresses, "but it's a bit brutal."
Below, see a trailer for Alleluia, plus one for The Honeymoon Killers that we've included as a bonus. To access all the film festival's selections and purchase tickets, click here -- and be sure be to visit our Show and Tell blog each day during the fest for more of Brit's picks.
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