EN - Ali suddenly finds himself in charge of Sam, the five-year-old son he barely knows. Penniless and without friends, he leaves the north of France to seek shelter at his sister’s in Antibes. There, he finds work as a bouncer at a local nightclub where he meets the beautiful Stephanie, an expert whale trainer at the local Marineland. One day, Ali gets an unexpected phone call from Stephanie who is now wheelchair-bound after a tragic accident. She has lost both her legs and her dreams…

FR - Ali se voit soudainement confier la charge de Sam, son fils de cinq ans qu'il connaît à peine. Sans amis ni argent, il délaisse le nord de la France pour trouver refuge chez sa soeur qui habite à Antibes. Ali trouve un job en tant que sorteur dans une discothèque locale. Un soir, après avoir dispersé un groupe de jeunes qui se battait, il rencontre Stéphanie, une jeune femme belle et sûre d'elle. Il la raccompagne chez elle et lui laisse son numéro de téléphone. Mais c'est une princesse et lui un pauvre type. Stephanie est dompteuse d'orques dans le centre aquatique de la région. Suite à un terrible accident, Ali reçoit l'appel inattendu de Stéphanie. Lorsqu'il la revoit, elle est en chaîse roulante. Elle a perdu ses deux jambes, et ses rêves. Ali partage avec elle des instants sincères, sans pitié, et lui redonne goût à la vie...


Title Rust & Bone
Original title De rouille et d'os
Original language French
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2012


Cast Matthias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard, Armand Verdure, Tibo Vandenborre
Photography Stéphane Fontaine
Editing Juliette Welfling
Sound Brigitte Taillandier
Music Alexandre Desplat
Executive producer Delphine Tomson
Co-producers Luc Dardenne, Pascal Caucheteux

Technical specs

Running time film 121'
Release format HD
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Production partners Why Not Productions, Page 114, Les Films Du Fleuve

Matthias Schoenaerts wins César for Best Male Newcomer

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.

Matthias SchoenaertsSince Michaël R Roskam’s Bullhead was nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2012, Schoenaerts’ international career has taken flight.

Published on Saturday 23 February 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

Flemish films triumph in Valladolid

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.

Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth's The Fifth SeasonThe 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.

Published on Monday 29 October 2012

Come As You Are shortlisted for European Film Awards

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 as you are EFACome 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.”

Published on Wednesday 12 September 2012

Five Flemish productions to Toronto

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 brosens woodworthThe 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.

Published on Tuesday 14 August 2012

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