Matthias Schoenaerts

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Matthias Schoenaerts
Matthias Schoenaerts Cannes 2015.jpg
Schoenaerts at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1977-12-08) 8 December 1977 (age 37)
Antwerp, Belgium
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present

Matthias Schoenaerts (Dutch: [ˈmɑtjɑs ˈsçunaːrts]; born 8 December 1977) is a Belgian actor.[1] He first starred in Daens, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He is best known for his roles in Loft, Bullhead, Rust and Bone, The Drop and Far from the Madding Crowd. In 2013, he won the César Award for Most Promising Actor for Rust and Bone.

Life and career[edit]

Schoenaerts was born in Antwerp, Belgium. He is the son of actor Julien Schoenaerts. At the age of 15, Schoenaerts made his film debut in the 1992 Belgian film Daens, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. After completing studies at The Academy of Dramatic Arts in Antwerp, he featured in several other films, notably in 2008 when he 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.[2][3]

In 2011, Schoenaerts starred in Bullhead directed by Michaël R. Roskam, which was a nominee 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."[4][5] 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.[6][7] The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. On 22 February 2013, Matthias won the César Award for Most Promising Actor for his role in Rust and Bone.[8][9] Schoenaerts also starred in the Belgian short film Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) of director Tom Van Avermaet. On 10 January 2013, the short film was nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.[10][11]

In 2014, Schoenarts appeared alongside Clive Owen, Billy Crudup and again Marion Cotillard in the thriller Blood Ties.[12][13] The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. He also played Eric Deeds in The Drop, his second film with Michael R. Roskam, alongside Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.[14] 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.[15]

Schoenaerts was the face of Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2014.[16]

In 2015, he will appear in 7 films: The Loft, the American remake of the Belgian Loft, in which he played the same character; in Suite Française, playing German soldier Bruno von Falk opposite Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas;[17] in Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd as Gabriel Oak, one of Carey Mulligan's three love interests;[18][19] in Alan Rickman's period drama A Little Chaos, as French landscape architect André Le Nôtre, opposite Kate Winslet;[20] in Luca Guadagnino's thriller A Bigger Splash, (a re-interpretation of the classic Alain Delon/Romy Schneider movie La Piscine), starring opposite Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes.[21] Schoenaerts will also star in Alice Winocour's French thriller Maryland, as a soldier suffering from post traumatic stress disorder[22] and will play the art-dealer Hans Axgil in Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl.[23][24]

Schoenaerts will also play William Clark on HBO's miniseries Lewis and Clark, co-starring Casey Affleck as Meriwether Lewis. Production is slated to begin on summer 2015 on the six-hour miniseries executive produced by Tom Hanks, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt.[25]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Daens Wannes Scholliers
2001 Flikken Jens Goossens TV series
1 episode
2002 De blauwe roos Minnaar short
2002 Waternimf short
2002 Stille waters Rechercheur TV series
1 episode
2002 Girl Oskar
2003 Zien Man short
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
2004 Gender short
2005 Another Day short
2005 Einde van de rit short
2005 Dochter Mattias short
2005 Exit Anthony short
2005 Une seule chose à faire short
2006 Love Belongs to Everyone Dennis
2006 Black Book Joop
2007 De muze
2007 Nadine Cornee
2008 Left Bank Bob
2008 Tunnelrat John Atkins short
2008 Loft Filip Willems
2008 De smaak van De Keyser Alfred Lenaerts TV series
Nominated—Monte-Carlo Television Festival's Golden Nymph for Outstanding Actor - Drama Series
2009 Afterday Jef short
2009 Los zand Vincent Vandeweghe TV series
2009 My Queen Karo Raven
2010 The Pack Le Gothique en toc
2010 Pulsar Samuel Verbist
2010 Duts TV series
2010 Injury Time Van Dessel short
2011 Bullhead Jacky Vanmarsenille Austin Fantastic Fest's Next Wave Award for Best Actor
Magritte Award for Best Actor
Palm Springs International Film Festival's FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actor
2011 De president Krasimir
2011 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
Nominated—Magritte Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Lumières 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
2015 Disorder Vincent
2015 Galveston Roy Cady On Hold
2015 The Danish Girl Hans Axgil Post-production
2016 Lewis and Clark William Clark Filming; HBO mini-series


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  2. ^ "'Loft' breekt record van 'Koko Flanel'". De Standaard (in Dutch). 19 February 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Van Baelen, Carl (17 May 2011). "Matthias Schoenaerts completes cast of ‘Loft’". Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Pond, Steve (15 January 2012). "'Starbuck' Wins Top Palm Springs Fest Award". Reuters. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Matthias Schoenaerts Wins Best Actor Palm Springs International Film Festival". Positive Impact Magazine. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts - Young Hollywood Interview". YouTube. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Marion Cotillard Takes Rust and Bone". 7 September 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Richford, Rhonda (22 February 2013). "Cesar Awards: 'Amour' Wins Best Picture, 'Argo' Best Foreign Language Film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Cérémonie des César: Matthias Schoenaerts, meilleur espoir masculin". La Libre Belgique (in French). 23 February 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Death of a Shadow nominated for Best Live Action Short Oscar". 10 January 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (23 February 2013). "Interview: César Winner Matthias Schoenaerts Talks Oscar Nominated Short 'Death Of A Shadow'". IndieWire. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  12. ^ De Becker, Annelies (12 April 2012). "Schoenaerts speelt met Mila Kunis in 'Blood Ties'" (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Dang, Simon (16 April 2012). "Lili Taylor & 'The Wire' Star Domenick Lombardozzi Join 'Blood Ties'; 'Bullhead' & 'Rust & Bone' Star Matthias Schoenaerts Confirmed". IndieWire. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (23 February 2013). "Exclusive: Matthias Schoenaerts Joins 'Animal Rescue' With Tom Hardy & Noomi Rapace". IndieWire. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Matthias Schoenaerts To Star In 'Galveston' From 'True Detective' Writer Nic Pizzolatto". Indiewire. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  16. ^ vuitton-louisvuitton/ "Actor Matthias Schoenaerts Is The New Face Of Louis Vuitton". Bello Mag. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  17. ^ Bustos, Kristina (25 November 2012). "Matthias Schoenaerts joins Michelle Williams in 'Suite Française'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  18. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (11 April 2013). "BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Carey Mulligan's the new face in the Madding Crowd". Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  19. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (17 May 2013). "Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts Set For Searchlight’s ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’". PMC. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  20. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (17 January 2013). "Kate Winslet & Matthias Schoenaerts To Star In Alan Rickman Directed Period Drama 'A Little Chaos'". IndieWire. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Margot Robbie & Matthias Schoenaerts Team For Luca Guadagnino's Sexy Thriller". Indiewire. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Indie Sales Nabs Int’l Rights to Thriller ‘Close Protection’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  23. ^ "Matthias Schoenaerts joins Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl". Empire. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "A lover not a fighter". The Herald. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "‘Lewis And Clark’ Miniseries Gets Formal Greenlight By HBO; Matthias Schoenaerts To Star With Casey Affleck". 30 January 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 

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