Matthias Schoenaerts in 2016
8 December 1977 |
Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium
|Occupation||Actor, film producer, graffiti artist|
|Parent(s)||Julien Schoenaerts (father)
Dominique Wiche (mother)
|Relatives||Bruno Schoenaerts (half brother)|
Matthias Schoenaerts (Dutch: [ˈmɑtjɑs ˈsxunaːrts]; born 8 December 1977) is a Belgian actor, film producer and graffiti artist of Flemish origin. He made his film debut at the age of 13 in Daens (1992), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He is best known for his roles as Filip in Loft (2008), Jacky Vanmarsenille in the Oscar-nominated Bullhead (2011), Ali in Rust and Bone (2012), Eric Deeds in The Drop (2014), Bruno von Falk in Suite Française (2015), Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) and Hans Axgil in The Danish Girl.
In 2013, he won the César Award for Most Promising Actor for Rust and Bone.
Schoenaerts was born in Antwerp, the Flemish (Dutch-speaking) region of Belgium. He is the son of actor Julien Schoenaerts and Dominique Wiche, a costume designer, translator and French teacher. He has an older half brother, Bruno Schoenaerts (born 1953), who is a lawyer.
In 1987, at nine years old, he appeared on a stage production of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince opposite his father, who was also the director. His mother, Dominique, was the costume designer of the play.
He started producing graffiti as a teenager under the pseudonym "Zenith", even going to New York to collaborate with the Bronx group TATS CRU. It is possible to watch some videos of Schoenaerts doing graffiti in Belgium on YouTube.
Early work in Belgium and Netherlands (1992–2011)
At the age of 13, Schoenaerts made his film debut with a small role in the 1992 Belgian film Daens, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His father also starred in the film.
After completing studies at The Academy of Dramatic Arts in Antwerp, he featured in several shorts and feature films. In 2002, he starred in Dorothée Van Den Berghe's Meisje (Girl); Tom Barman's Any Way the Wind Blows in 2003; Rudolf Mestdagh's Ellektra and Roel Mondelaers & Raf Reyntjens's sci-fi short film A Message from Outer Space, which he also produced in 2004.
In 2007, he starred in Ben van Lieshout's De Muze and in Erik Bruyn's Nadine.
In 2008, he played Bob in Pieter van Hees's horror film Left Bank, and most notably played the role of Filip in Erik Van Looy's Loft, which became the most successful Flemish film at the Belgian box-office, earning over $7,075,161. In the same year, Schoenaerts also starred in the mini-series The Emperor of Taste (De smaak van De Keyser), playing a Belgian soldier in World War II.
Breakthrough: Bullhead and Rust and Bone (2011–2013)
In 2011, Schoenaerts played the lead role in Bullhead, directed by Michaël R. Roskam, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. His performance in the film was well received and won him the FIPRESCI Award for best actor at Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2012. The jury praised the actor's "superb portrayal of an innocent and sensitive man trapped in a truculent body." He also won the Magritte Award for Best Actor.
In 2012, he starred in Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os) alongside Marion Cotillard. The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was a critical and box office hit in France. On 22 February 2013, Matthias won the César Award for Most Promising Actor for his role in Rust and Bone.
Schoenaerts also produced and starred in the Belgian short film Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw), directed by Tom Van Avermaet. On 10 January 2013, the short film was nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
In 2014, Schoenaerts appeared alongside Clive Owen, Billy Crudup and again Marion Cotillard in the thriller Blood Ties, in which he played Anthony Scarfo. The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
He also played Eric Deeds in The Drop, his second film with Michael R. Roskam, starring opposite Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini. In the same year, he was cast as Roy Cady in the film adaptation of Nic Pizzolatto's novel Galveston, directed by Janus Metz Pedersen.
In 2015, the actor appeared in 7 films: The Loft, the American remake of the Belgian film Loft, in which he played the same character; in Saul Dibb's Suite Française, playing the German soldier Bruno von Falk opposite Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas; in Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd as Gabriel Oak, one of Carey Mulligan's three love interests; in Alan Rickman's period drama A Little Chaos, as French landscape architect André Le Nôtre, opposite Kate Winslet.
Schoenaerts also starred in Alice Winocour's French thriller Disorder (Maryland), as an ex-soldier suffering from post traumatic stress disorder; he played Paul in Luca Guadagnino's thriller A Bigger Splash, starring opposite Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson, and also played the art-dealer Hans Axgil in Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl. A Bigger Splash and The Danish Girl made their world premieres at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, both were screened in the official competition.
Schoenaerts will play William Clark on HBO's miniseries Lewis and Clark, co-starring Casey Affleck as Meriwether Lewis. The six-hour miniseries is executive produced by Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt.
On 28 July 2015, Schoenaerts was named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France. This distinction is awarded by the French Ministry of Culture to people "who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the artistic or literary field or the contribution they have made to the influence of the arts and literature in France and in the world".
On 24 August 2015, it was reported that Schoenaerts became the co-owner of the Belgian casting agency Hakuna Casting, which focuses on people of ethnic origin.
In 2016, Schoenaerts will reteam with Michaël R. Roskam in the Belgian film The Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle), in which he'll play a gangster named Gigi. The film will be Roskam and Schoenaerts' first film in Belgium since 2011's Bullhead.
In January 2016, it was announced that Schoenaerts will play a drummer who begins to lose his hearing in Darius Marder's The Sound of Metal.
|2001||Flikken||Jens Goossens||TV series
|2002||De blauwe roos||Minnaar||Short|
|2002||Stille waters||Rechercheur||TV series
|2002||Meisje aka Girl||Oskar|
|2003||Any Way the Wind Blows||Chouki|
|2004||Je veux quelque chose et je ne sais pas quoi||Jaap||Short|
|2004||A Message from Outer Space||Frits||Short|
|2004||Ellektra||DJ Cosmonaut X|
|2005||Einde van de rit aka The End of the Ride||Samuel||Short|
|2005||Dochter aka Daughter||Mattias||Short|
|2005||The One Thing to Do||Edward Monskii||Short|
|2006||Love Belongs to Everyone||Dennis|
|2007||De Muze aka The Muse|
|2008||De Smaak van De Keyser aka The Emperor of Taste||Alfred Lenaerts||TV series
Nominated—Monte-Carlo Television Festival's Golden Nymph for Outstanding Actor – Drama Series
|2009||My Queen Karo||Raven|
|2009||Los zand||Vincent Vandeweghe||TV series|
|2010||The Pack||Le Gothique en toc|
|2010||Injury Time||Van Dessel||short|
|2011||Bullhead||Jacky Vanmarsenille||Austin Fantastic Fest's Next Wave Award for Best Actor
Les Arcs European Film Festival Award for Best Actor
AFI Fest's New Auteurs Award for Best Actor
Magritte Award for Best Actor
Palm Springs International Film Festival's FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actor
Flanders Film Award for Best Actor
Film Festival Oostende's Ensor Award for Best Actor
2-in-1 International Film Festival's Heroes Award for Best Actor
Saint-Jean-de-Luz Young Filmmakers Festival's Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated—International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actor
|2011||De President aka The President||Boyko|
|2011||De Bende van Oss aka The Gang of Oss||Ties van Heesch|
|2012||Rust and Bone||Ali||Valladolid International Film Festival's Award for Best Actor
César Award for Most Promising Actor
Étoiles d'Or Award for Best Male Newcomer
Nominated—Magritte Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Dublin Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
|2012||Death of a Shadow||Nathan Rijckx||Short|
|2013||Blood Ties||Anthony Scarfo|
|2014||The Drop||Eric Deeds|
|2015||The Loft||Philip Williams|
|2015||Suite Française||Bruno von Falk|
|2015||A Little Chaos||André Le Nôtre|
|2015||Far from the Madding Crowd||Gabriel Oak|
|2015||A Bigger Splash||Paul De Smedt|
|2015||The Danish Girl||Hans Axgil||Capri-Hollywood International Film Festival's Award for Revelation of the Year|
|2017||The Racer and the Jailbird aka Le Fidèle||Gigi||Post-production|
|2018||Lewis and Clark||William Clark||HBO mini-series|
- Matthias Schoenarts in IMDB
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