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The young Limburg cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious West-Flemish 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.



Director & writer: Michaël R. Roskam (script developed at BingerLab, Amsterdam)

With: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Barbara Sarafian, Jeanne Dandoy, Tibo Vandenborre, Sam Louwyck, Frank Lammers, Enrico Salamone, Philippe Grand'Henri and Baloji

Photography: Nicolas Karakatsanis

Editor: Alain Dessauvage

Music composer: Raf Keunen

Sound: Benoit De Clerck

Producer: Bart Van Langendonck - SAVAGE FILM (BE)

Co-producers: Peter Bouckaert - EYEWORKS (BE), Wilant Boekelman & Jan Van der Zanden - WATERLAND FILM (NL), Patrick Quinet - ARTEMIS (BE)

With the support of: the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, the Dutch Film Fund, the Media Development Programme of the E.U., Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel, Wallimage/Bruxellimage

In association with: VMMA (2BE), PRIME

World sales: Celluloid Dreams

Distribution: KFD (BE), JustFilm Distribution (NL), Ad Vitam (FR), Rapid Eye (DE), Drafthouse (USA), Praesens (Switzerland), Njutafilms (Sweden), Bulgarian Film (Bulgaria), Maywin (Rusland), Soda Pictures (British Isles), Nettai (Japan), Indie Entertainment (Singapore), HBO (Latin America). Sold to over 20 territories



Theatrical release in Belgium on February 2, 2011


Festivals & Awards




International première: Berlinale Panorama (Feb 9 to 19), Festival du Film Policier de Beaune (March 3 to 13) : winner Jury Prize and Critics Prize, IFF Breda (March 23 to 27), IFF Made in Europe, Maastricht (April 5-10), Transilvania IFF, Romania (June 3 to 12), Karlovy Vary IFF (July 1 to 9), Jerusalem IFF (July 7 to 16), Puchon PIFAN IFF (July 14 to 24), Montreal Fantasia (July 14 to August 7) : ‘New Flesh Award' for Best First Feature, Melbourne IFF (July 21 to August 8), Motovun IFF, Croatia (July 25 to 29) : ‘Propeller Award' for Best Film, Two Riversides IFF in Poland (July 30 to August 7), FLEMISH FILM AWARDS (Sept. 2011): best film, best director and best debut for Michaël R. Roskam, best main actor for Matthias Schoenaerts, best male supporting role for Jeroen Perceval, best photography for Nikolas Karakatsanis. L'Etrange Festival, Paris (Sept 2 to 11) : ‘New Genre' award for Best Film, Athens IFF (Sept 14 to 25), Helsinki Love & Anarchy (Sept 15 to 25), Cambridge IFF (Sept 15 to 25), Zurich IFF (Sept 22 to Oct 2), Québec IFF (Sept 22 to Oct 2), Austin Fantastic (Sept 22 to 29) : ‘New Wave Award' Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Vancouver IFF (Sept 29 to Oct 14), Chicago IFF (Oct 6 to 20), IFF Sitges (Oct 6 to 16), Festival des Jeunes Réalisateurs, St. Jean du Luz, France (Oct 11 to 15) : Best Director and Best Actor, Hawai IFF (Oct 13 to 23), The Hamptons IFF (Oct 13 to 17), Katowice Regiofun, Poland (Oct 19 to 23), Moscow IFF ‘2 in one' (Oct. 21 to 24) : ‘Heroes Award' for Best Actor, Kiev Molodist IFF (Oct 22 to 30), Mostra Sao Paulo (Oct 22 to Nov 4), Doha Tribeca Festival (Oct. 25 to 29), AFI Fest L.A. (Nov. 3 to 10) : New Auteurs Audience Award + New Auteurs Critic's Prize for Best Actor, IFF d'Arras (France) (Nov 4 to 10), Minsk IFF (Belarus) (Nov 5 to 12), Sevilla European FF (Nov 4 to 11), IFF de Cinema Negre de Manresa (Nov 9 - 13) : ‘Placido de Plata' award for Best Film, Osaka European FF (Nov 18 to 23), Taipei Golden Horse IFF (Nov 3 to 17), Stockholm IFF (Nov 9 to 20), Tallinn Black Nights Int'l FF (Nov 18 to 30), Goa IFFI (Nov 23 to Dec 3), Fest Int'l du Cinéma Européen des Arcs, France (Dec 10 to 17) : Best Actor for Matthias Schoenaerts, Istanbul Rendez-Vous FF (Dec 24 to 30)


Palm Springs IFF (Jan 5 to 16) : Best Actor for Matthias Schoenaerts, Tromso IFF (Norway) (Jan 17 to 27), Feb 3 : Best Belgian Film @ Cutting Edge Awards, Feb 3 : Best production assistant, Best quote, Best accent @ Les ‘Machins' Awards (B), Feb 4 : Best script, Best actor, Best editor, best coproduction with Flanders @ Magritte Awards Feb 3-12 : Victoria Film Festival (Canada) : Best Feature Award, Santa Barbara IFF (Jan 26 to Feb 5), Oslo IFF (Feb 29 to March 4), Brno Cinema Mundi (Czech Republic) (March 1 to 4), March 7 : Belgian Critics Awards : ‘Cavens' award for best Belgian Film, March 16 : Flemish script association award for best Flemish script, Vilnius IFF (March 15 to 29), Prague Febiofest (March 22 to 30), Lecce IFF (Italy) (April 17 to 21), Barcelona Auteur FF (April 27 to May 6)


Festroia IFF (Portugal, June 7-16), Les César Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma (France, February 22), Festival Paris Cinéma (France, June 28 - July 9), Hong Kong European Film Festival (China, February 22 - March 6), Milano ceCINEpass, Rio Belgium Cinema, Rio Filmambiante, Eskisehir IFF (May 3-12)







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