A note from Devin: Drafthouse Films has a couple of new films in the pipeline, one of which is actually a candidate for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. I saw Bullhead at Fantasia, before Drafthouse Films picked it up, and I really liked it - especially the performance of star Matthias Schoenaerts. It's simply one of those iconic, all-time performances. I reviewed the film last summer, and you can read that review here.
Now I turn you over to Evan Husney of Drafthouse Films!
Another big win for Belgian Oscar® candidate BULLHEAD as star Matthias Schoenaerts received The FIPRESCI Award for Best Actor for "his superb portrayal of an innocent and sensitive man trapped in a truculent body," at the 2012 edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Schoenaerts has been lauded by critics for his ferocious portrayal of 'Jacky Vanmarsenille,' a volatile testostorone-pumped cattle farmer wrapped in a shady mafia meat-trading plot. Boyd van Hoeij of Variety has called Schoenaerts' portrayal "a career-defining, powerfully physical lead performance," and James Marsh of TwitchFilm has said Schoenaerts' performance is an "entirely convincing depiction of the kind of broken, hulking masculinity De Niro won an Oscar® for in RAGING BULL."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announces their short list of nominee candidates for the Best Foreign Language Film category on Janurary 18th.
Perhaps the year’s most stunning international debut, Michael R. Roskam’s BULLHEAD is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Mattias Schoenaerts in a ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions. Acclaimed at festivals worldwide including the Berlin Film Festival, Fantasia and Fantastic Fest, the award-winning BULLHEAD is visceral saga bursting with rage that TwitchFilm calls “one of the most original crime films in recent memory.”