Flemish actors will be appearing in some of the most eagerly awaited films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust and Bone - pictured) stars in Guillaume Canet’s re-edited Blood Ties which is to receive a Gala Presentation at the fest.
Johan Leysen, known for his role in The American, stars in François Ozon’s Young and Beautiful. Leysen is also one of the leads, together with Koen De Bouw (The Memory of a Killer), Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) and Jappe Claes (Dossier K.), in Montreal World Film Fest sensation The Verdict by Jan Verheyen.
Flemish actors Jeroen Perceval, Jan Bijvoet, Tom Dewispelaere and Gene Bervoets all star in Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman. Bijvoet also has a small role in Stijn Coninx’s Marina and in Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown. Bervoets also starred in George Sluizer’s original The Vanishing and could also be seen recently in Vincent Bal’s The Zigzag Kid. Jeroen Perceval is known for his work in Michaël R Roskam’s Oscar-nominated Bullhead and Felix van Groeningen’s With Friends Like These, while Tom Dewispelaere has been seen in Frank Van Mechelen’s Germaine and Pieter Van Hees’ Left Bank.
Sam Louwyck and Hans De Munter are among the cast of The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani. While De Munter is mainly known for his work for television, Louwyck appeared in both Ex Drummer and 22nd of May by Koen Mortier, as well as in The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth.
Finally, there's Kimke Desart, who made her big screen debut in Caroline Strubbe’s Lost Persons Area. Kimke also stars in Strubbe’s I’m the same I’m an other after coming to audiences' attention in Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are.