'Bullhead' & 'A Cat in Paris' Nominated for Oscars
Michaël R. Roskam’s feature film debut Bullhead, representing Belgium at the Oscars, is among the five films nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Academy Award. Bullhead is Belgium’s sixth Oscar nomination in this category. Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s A Cat in Paris grabbed a nomination as well in the category Best Animated Feature. The winners of the 84th Academy Awards will be announced in Hollywood on 26 February.
Bullhead is an emotionally driven tale of revenge, redemption and fate set against the backdrop of the Belgian bovine hormone mafia. The story starts with young cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts) who is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious beef trader. But the assassination of a federal policeman and an unexpected confrontation with a mysterious secret from Jacky’s past set in motion a chain of events with far-reaching consequences. Bullhead is an exciting tragedy about fate, lost innocence and friendship, about crime and punishment, but also about conflicting desires and the irreversibility of a man’s destiny.
Bullhead received its international première at the Berlin International Film Festival, and went on touring at international fests around the globe. The film already won over 25 awards at such fests as AFI Fest LA, Palm Springs, Austin, Montréal, Vancouver, Beaune, Les Arcs, Moscow, Motovun and Manresa. Earlier on this year, “Variety” selected Roskam as one of its ’10 Directors to Watch’. On “Indiewire”, Eric Kohn wrote: 'Watching Bullhead, it’s easy to imagine that Roskam could inherit the heated world of double-crossers and violent avengers that put Martin Scorsese on the map.'
Bullhead also meant the international breakthrough for the film’s lead actor, Matthias Schoenaerts. To play Jacky he underwent a true metamorphosis. His performance put him on the radar of French helmer Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) who cast him for the male lead, together with Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, in his new film Rust and Bone. Schoenaerts can also be seen in the upcoming The Loft, alongside James Marsen, Wentworth Miller and Eric Stonestreet.
Bullhead is produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film, in co-production with Eyeworks (BE), Artémis Production (BE) and Waterland Film (NL). International sales are handled by Celluloid Dreams. ‘We are both surprised and extremely excited,” says Van langendonck about the nomination. ‘We thank the Belgian Oscar committee for giving Bullhead this opportunity and we’re of course happy that we’ve been able to qualify for a nomination.’
On February 7, Flanders House proudly hosted a screening of Michaël R. Roskam’s feature film Bullhead (Rundskop) at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. This exclusive event, was followed by a Q&A with director Michaël R. Roskam and lead actor Matthias Schoenaerts and a reception. Click here to see some pictures of the event.
Besides Michaël R. Roskam’s debut feature, also A Cat in Paris is nominated. The animation feature by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol is in the running for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. A Cat in Paris, a Flemish co-production, premièred at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival as well and was screened in competition in the Generation K+ section of the festival. Flemish co-producer is Annemie Degryse for Lunanime, Flemish animators Pieter Samyn and Pascal Vermeersch were part of the film’s creative team.
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