Matthias Schoenaerts has been awarded the international FIPRESCI Award for Best Actor at this year's 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival (5-16 January). Schoenaerts received the honour for his stunning interpretation of a young cattle farmer in Michaël R Roskam’s debut feature Bullhead.

In its report, the FIPRESCI jury praised the actor’s ‘superb portrayal of an innocent and sensitive man trapped in a truculent body’. Earlier at the Palm Springs Festival, Variety also celebrated director Roskam as one of the ten most promising directors of the moment. He was handed Variety’s ‘10 Directors to Watch’ Award during a special brunch and ceremony.

Since its release, Bullhead has been on an international spree and has added some 25 awards to its résumé. Just last November, the film was awarded both the New Authors Audience Award and the New Authors Critic’s Prize for Best Actor (Schoenaerts) at LA’s AFI Fest. Roskam’s debut feature got favourable press reviews as well. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn recently stated: ‘Watching Bullhead, it’s easy to imagine that Roskam could inherit the heated world of double-crossers and violent avengers that put Martin Scorsese on the map.’

Bullhead is produced by Bart Van Langendonck (Savage Film) with support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund. Co-production companies are Eyeworks, Artémis Production and Waterland Film, international sales are handled by Celluloid Dreams.

Published on Monday 16 January 2012

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