EN - A murder and the ensuing investigation create panic in the so-called Belgian cattle hormone mafia. During a transaction, an illegal growth hormone dealer and a police informer confront each other in a crime investigation. But then a dark and unsettling story about loyalty and friendship unfolds relating to their tormented past as former childhood friends.

FR - Le meurtre d’un policier et l’enquête qui s’ensuit crée la panique dans la Mafia belge du trafic d’hormones sur le bétail. Pendant une transaction, un trafiquant d’hormones illégales et un informateur de la police se font face lors d’une enquête criminelle. Celle-ci débouche sur une histoire sombre et troublante sur la loyauté et l’amitié relatant leur passé tourmenté en tant qu’amis d’enfance.


Title Bullhead
Original title Rundskop
Original language Dutch, French
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2011


Cast Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Barbara Sarafian, Jeanne Dandoy, Tibo Vandenborre, Sam Louwyck
Photography Nicolas Karakatsanis
Editing Alain Dessauvage
Music Raf Keunen

Technical specs

Running time film 120'
Release format 35mm
Aspect ratio 1:2.35 (scope)
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Media Development Program of the E.U., Dutch Film Fund (NFF), Commission Cinéma de la Communauté Française, Bruxellimage


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Kid in competition at Paris Cinéma

Kid, Fien Troch’s third feature, has been selected for official competition at Paris Cinéma (28 June- 9 July). This year the Parisian summer festival puts the spotlight on Belgian cinema with numerous selections and retrospectives of its films and filmmakers.

kidFien Troch’s Kid is running in official competition at Paris Cinéma. The film, produced by Antonino Lombardo for Prime Time, already screened at festivals in Rome, Palm Springs and Aubagne earlier this year.

Published on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Flanders foursome selected for Festroia’s competition

Four Flemish features have been selected for competition at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Brasserie RomantiqueThe Broken Circle BreakdownOffline and Time of My Life are all in the running to take home some prizes. This year, the festival has also organised a focus on Belgium and pays homage to Flemish actor Jan Decleir.

Madly in LoveBoth Joel Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique and Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown screen as part of the fest’s official competition. Peter Monsaert’s directorial debut Offline is selected for the competitive First Works section, while Nic Baltazar is competing in the Man and His Environment category with Time of My Life.

Published on Wednesday 29 May 2013

From Bullhead to Borgman

It has taken a little while, but Jeroen Perceval is beginning to feel the Bullhead effect. After playing opposite Matthias Schoenaerts in the Oscar-nominated film, the offers have been rolling in. ‘It took about a year, but then a lot of people started calling,’ he says. Thanks to one of those calls he will walk the red carpet in Cannes for the world premiere of Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman.

Text Ian Mundell | Portrait Filip Van Roe

jeroeninborgmanOther calls led to smaller roles in the French film Son épouse by Michel Spinosa, shot in India with Charlotte Gainsbourg  and Yvan Attal, and Die andere Heimat, the conclusion of Edgar Reitz’s epic series exploring German history. The shifts in accent and language of this international work have been rewarding. ‘Some actors like to stay close to themselves, but I like to change.’

Published on Monday 27 May 2013

Bullhead and Beyond

Last year’s Oscar nomination for Bullhead launched the international careers of director Michaël R. Roskam and leading man Matthias Schoenaerts. The film’s producer, Bart Van Langendock, has yet to follow them across the atlantic, but the nomination has changed his life in other ways.

bartvl‘Industry people like international sales agents and distributors are more eager to listen to what I have to offer now,’ he says. ‘Now that they know my name, and it’s linked to Bullhead, they are at least willing to look at new projects.’

Published on Thursday 16 May 2013

Schoenaerts, Bullhead and Oh Willy… nominated for Césars

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.

Jacques Audiard's Rust and BoneMatthias 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.

Published on Sunday 27 January 2013

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