World Premiere
Cheval Noir


Directed by Karim Ouelhaj

Hosted by Karim Ouelhaj, director and writer & Florence Saâdi, producer.



Karim Ouelhaj


Karim Ouelhaj


Eline Schumacher, Benjamin Ramon, Hélène Moor


François Schmitt


Simon Fransquet, Gary Moonboots


Karim Ouelhaj



Belgium 2022 100 mins OV French Subtitles : English
Genre Horror

1997, Mons, Belgium. The “Butcher”, one of Europe’s most notorious serial killers, strikes and abruptly vanishes. He leaves behind him no clues other than a trail of trash bags, bits and scraps of femme-flesh in ruin, sole testimony to his brutal killings. Born in blood and rage, his offspring, Martha (Eline Schumacher) and Felix (Benjamin Ramon), must carry on with their gruesome heritage. They take over his eternal wrath and, through agony and revenge, fall into the realm of absolute darkness.

Méliès d’Or winner for THE FROZEN EYE (2016), prolific filmmaker Karim Ouelhaj delivers his fourth feature, and by far the most savage. His sharp examination of societal anguish blends into this genre-adoring film that no horror devotee would dare to miss. From the detailed cinematography of François Schmitt that can only be compared to a Caravaggio painting, to the cabalistic music of composers Gary Moonboots and Simon Fransquet, Ouelhaj and producer Florence Saâdi have gathered in MEGALOMANIAC a crew of masterful artists, creating with them a visceral film about the torture of madness that blurs the line between victims and executioners. Carried by the breathtaking performance of lead actor Eline Schumacher and her descent into insanity, the film digs deep into one of Belgium’s deepest traumas, the real-life sordid story of the Mons Butcher. MEGALOMANIAC is a nightmare of mystical violence anchored in the reality of female persecution and gender-based abuse, a radical yet subtly nuanced take on the evil of patriarchy and its undying legacy. – Celia Pouzet