LOFT
2008, Independent Films, 118 min, Belgium, Dir: Erik Van Looy

A group of married men share a luxurious Antwerp loft, using it for their extramarital affairs. The five friends think they know each other well - until the dead body of a young woman appears in the apartment and turns their camaraderie into suspicion and deceit. A major hit in Belgium, this stylishly shot, expertly plotted murder mystery never runs out of surprises. The top-flight cast includes Koen De Bouw, Bruno Vanden Broucke, Filip Peeters and RUST AND BONE’s Matthias Schoenaerts (who is featured in the Hollywood remake THE LOFT due later this year). In Dutch with English subtitles.


RUST AND BONE
DE ROUILLE ET D’OS
2012, Sony Pictures Classics, 120 min, France, Dir: Jacques Audiard

Single father and would-be kickboxer Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is working as a nightclub bouncer when he meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), who works at a marine park training killer whales. When Stephanie’s legs are amputated after an accident, she draws closer to Ali, but the young man’s wandering eye and financial straits threaten to keep these soulmates apart. Cotillard’s bravura performance has earned awards from the Hollywood and Telluride Film Festivals as well as SAG and Golden Globe nominations. “A passionate and moving love story which surges out of the screen like a flood tide” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. In French with English subtitles.


BULLHEAD
RUNDSKOP
2011, Kinepolis Film Distribution, 124 min, Belguim, Dir: Michael R. Roksam

A major box-office success in Belgium as well as an official selection of the Berlinale 2011, first-time writer-director Michael R. Roksam's "crossbreed of hormone-mafia thriller and intense character study... [and] rural potboiler" (Variety) follows bulky, brawny cattle worker Jacky (Matthias Schoenaerts in a powerhouse performance), who becomes embroiled in a lethal web opposite hormone trafficking gangsters when an unscrupulous veterinarian (Sam Louwyk) tries to convince Jacky to get involved in an illegal business scheme. BULLHEAD won the New Auteurs Audience Award at AFI Fest 2011, and lead actor Matthias Schoenaerts won the New Auteurs Acting Award Prize.

"Matthias Schoenaert's raging bull is a standout performance...His head bowed low, always ready for a fight, Schoenaerts glares at the world from under his brow, making Jacky's vulnerability as palpable as his tremendous capacity for violence." - The Hollywood Reporter


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