Megalomaniac | Karim Ouelhaj | BE 2022 | 101 Min | DCP

Between January 1996 and July 1997, the so-called Butcher of Mons murdered five women near the Belgian city of Mons. The serial killer, still on the loose to this day, is the dark epicenter of the pitch-black horror thriller Megalomaniac. Director Karim Ouelhaj fantasizes about the butcher’s children, who both live in his dilapidated house. While son Félix follows in his father’s footsteps, daughter Martha becomes a victim of violence herself. Megalomaniac is as bleak as it is polemical—one of the most controversial films of the festival.

Karim Ouelhaj
was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1974. He has made numerous music videos and shorts, including The Frozen Eye, which won the Méliès d’or award at the 2016 Lund International Fantastic Film Festival. Megalomaniac, which premiered at the 2022 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montréal, is his fourth feature film. The first three, Parabola (2005), Monkey Dust (2013), and A Reality Every Second (2015), together form a societal triptych.
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Language OmeU
Cast Benjamin Ramon, Eline Schumacher
Writer Karim Ouelhaj
Editing Karim Ouelhaj
Cinematography François Schmitt