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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Racer and the Jailbird in Toronto

After its world premiere in Venice, Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer and the Jailbird has been invited to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 7-17 September). Roskam’s third feature will be part of the Special Presentations programme at TIFF.

Racer and the JailbirdBelgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts and French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) play the lead roles in this dark romantic tragedy set against the backdrop of Belgium’s crime underworld. Racer and the Jailbird will be in Belgian cinemas from 4 October.

Published on Wednesday 16 August 2017

Racer and the Jailbird invited to the Venice Film Festival

Michaël R. Roskam’s third feature Racer and the Jailbird is part of the Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, 30 August–9 September). After premiering in Venice, the film will be in Belgian cinemas in October.

Racer and the JailbirdRacer and the Jailbird is Roskam’s third feature, after the internationally acclaimed Oscar-nominated Bullhead (2011) and his American debut The Drop (2014).

Published on Thursday 27 July 2017

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

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