Ali suddenly finds himself in charge of Sam, his five-year-old son that he barely knows. Penniless and without friends, he leaves the north of France to seek shelter at his sister’s in Antibes.
Ali finds work as a bouncer at a local nightclub. After diffusing a fight one evening, he meets Stephanie a beautiful, self-confident woman. He takes her home and leaves her his number. But she is a princess and he is a poor fellow.
Stephanie is a killer whale trainer at the local Marineland. After a terrible accident one day, Ali gets an unexpected phone call from Stephanie. When he sees her again she is crammed into a wheelchair. She has lost both her legs and her dreams.
Ali will share genuine moments with her, without pity, and help her to live again…
|Title||Rust & Bone|
|Original title||De Rouille et d'os|
|Year of production||2012|
|Cast||Matthias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard, Armand Verdure, Tibo Vandenborre|
|Executive producer||Delphine Tomson|
|Co-producers||Luc Dardenne, Pascal Caucheteux|
|Running time film||121'|
|Sound format||Dolby Digital|
|Production partners||Why Not Productions, Page 114, Les Films Du Fleuve|
Matthias Schoenaerts was awarded the César for Best Male Newcomer for his portrayal of Ali in Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone. The Cesars, France’s prestigious equivalents of the Oscars, were presented on 22 February in Paris. And on Sunday 24 February it’ll become clear whether Tom Van Avermaet’s short Death of a Shadow, also featuring Schoenaerts as lead, manages to grab an Oscar as well.
Since Michaël R Roskam’s Bullhead was nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2012, Schoenaerts’ international career has taken flight.
Matthias Schoenaerts, Michaël R. Roskams feature debut Bullhead and the animated short film Oh Willy… by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels are among the nominees for this year’s Césars, the French counterparts of the Oscars. The Flemish co-production Our Children is also nominated. The Awards Ceremony takes place on 22 February.
Matthias Schoenaerts grabbed a nomination in the category Meilleur Espoir Masculin (Most Promising Male Actor) for his role in the French-Belgian co-production Rust and Bone. Directed by Jacques Audiard, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season, Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life, and short Death of a Shadow by Tom Van Avermaet all picked up awards at the 57th Valladolid International Film Festival (20-27 October). Actor Matthias Sschoenaerts was also among the spoils in the award bonanza, taking home the award for Best Actor for his part in Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone.
The Fifth Season can now celebrate no fewer than three awards in total: the Special Jury Prize of the international jury, the International Critics' Prize and the Young Jury Award. Directing duo Brosens & Woodworth won two awards earlier this year in Venice, where their third feature premiered internationally. The Fifth Season is a haunting tale of mysterious calamity as spring refuses to come as the cycle of nature is derailed. Alice, Thomas and Octave, three children who live in a village deep in the Ardennes forest, struggle to make sense of a world that is collapsing around them. Flemish co-producer for The Fifth Season is Bo Films. International sales are handled by the Berlin-based Films Boutique.
Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are is one of 47 features shortlisted for this year’s European Film Awards. Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children and Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone, two co-productions with Flanders, also made the cut. Earlier this month the European Film Academy (EFA) nominated Come As You Are for its People’s Choice Award. This year’s EFA Award Ceremony takes place in Malta on 1 December.
Come nomination time, we might also see rising star Matthias Schoenaerts nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Jacques Audiard’s shortlisted Rust and Bone. The actor recently featured in a NY Times article about breakout actors of the new season: “His unorthodox romantic lead role in Rust and Bone… makes another persuasive case for the strapping, sad-eyed Mr Schoenaerts as the most versatile beefcake actor of our time… Mr Schoenaerts, a 34-year-old Belgian, speaks fluent English and seems poised for an American crossover. Here’s hoping Hollywood knows what to do with an anti-superhero.”
Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season has been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 6-16 September). This is the film's second invitation from a major international film festival after its place in the competition in Venice. Toronto also added Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s Kinshasa Kids, Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone and Comrade Kim goes Flying by Kim Gwan Hun, Nicholas Bonner and Anja Daelemans to its line-up.
The Fifth Season will be competing in the Wavelengths section for ‘films that expand our notions of cinema’ and made by ‘daring, visionary and autonomous voices’. Toronto will also mark the film’s North American premiere. This new feature by filmmaking duo Brosens and Woodworth is the last part of a trilogy. After Khadak, which won the Lion of the Future/Luigi de Laurentiis Award in Venice in 2006 (where it was shown as part of the Venice Days), and the award-winning Altiplano which received its world premiere at the Cannes Critics' Week, The Fifth Season once again focuses on the troubled relationship between man and nature.
Last edited on 18 January 2013