Bloody Disgusting learned this afternoon that Yellow Sail Pictures have acquired all North American distribution rights for the HD remaster of Fabrice du Welz2004 Belgian horror film Calvary. Released at the height of the New French Extremity movement, Calvary follows a traveling entertainer who falls victim to a dangerously unhinged innkeeper bent on keeping him captive. The remaster’s US premiere will take place next month as part of the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival.
As du Welz’s first feature film, Calvary was to become the first part of his thematic trilogy of the Ardennes (alongside that of 2014 Alleluia and 2019 Worship) and immediately define the young director as a voice to watch in Belgium. Calvary is inspired not only by the contemporary extreme cinema of France and Belgium, but also by emblematic works such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre create a poetically brutal study of human nature.
movie stars Laurent Lucas, Jackie Berroyer, Philippe Nahonand Brigitte Lahaieand is produced by Vincent Tavier, Eddy Géradon-Luyckx and Michael Gentile.
Yellow Veil Pictures will premiere the HD remaster in theaters in early 2023, followed soon after by digital and home video releases.
Hugues Barbier, co-founder of Yellow Veil Pictures, said in a statement on the acquisition of the new title: “Being able to bring such an iconic film back to audiences in its remastered form is invaluable. Fabrice du Welz and his DP Benoit Debie have worked on a new ranking that will allow fans to rediscover the film and see it in a whole new light, and will surely bring the discussion back to du Welz’s first feature as a leading film in the new French end canon. »
Fabrice du Welz added: “Calvary, my first film, has been remastered. Slightly. We went back to the original film negative. I am delighted to share it with you. Seventeen years later, Calvary is still alive, and it is a great joy.