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The young Limburg cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious West-Flemish beef trader.

But the assassination of a federal policeman, and an unexpected confrontation with a mysterious secret from Jacky's past, set in motion a chain of events with far-reaching consequences.
"Bullhead" is an exciting tragedy about fate, lost innocence and friendship, about crime and punishment, but also about conflicting desires and the irreversibility of a man's destiny.


Director & Writer

Michaël R. Roskam (script developed at BingerLab, Amsterdam)


Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Barbara Sarafian, Jeanne Dandoy, Tibo Vandenborre, Sam Louwyck, Frank Lammers, Enrico Salamone, Philippe Grand'Henri and Baloji


Nicolas Karakatsanis


Alain Dessauvage

Music Composer

Raf Keunen


Benoit De Clerck


Bart Van Langendonck - SAVAGE FILM (BE)


Peter Bouckaert - EYEWORKS (BE), Wilant Boekelman & Jan Van der Zanden - WATERLAND FILM (NL), Patrick Quinet - ARTEMIS (BE)

In association with


World Sales

Celluloid Dreams


KFD (BE), JustFilm Distribution (NL), Ad Vitam (FR), Rapid Eye (DE), Drafthouse (USA), Praesens (Switzerland), Njutafilms (Sweden), Bulgarian Film (Bulgaria), Maywin (Rusland), Soda Pictures (British Isles), Nettai (Japan), Indie Entertainment (Singapore), HBO (Latin America)

With the support of

the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, the Dutch Film Fund, the Media Development Programme of the E.U., Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel, Wallimage/Bruxellimage

Festivals & Awards

Oscars® 2012

Nomination Best Foreign Language Film

European Film Awards

Official Selection

Festival du Film Policier de Beaune

Jury Prize & Critics Prize

Montreal Fantasia

New Flesh Award for Best First Feature

Flemish Film Awards

Best Film, Best Director and Best Debut for Michaël R. Roskam, Best Main Actor for Matthias Schoenaerts, Best Male supporting role for Jeroen Perceval, Best Photography for Nikolas Karakatsanis

L'Etrange Festival

New Genre Award for Best Film

Austin Fantastic

'New Wave Award' Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director

Festival des Jeunes Réalisateurs, St. Jean du Luz

Best Director and Best Actor

Moscow IFF ‘2 in one'

‘Heroes Award' for Best Actor

AFI Fest L.A.

New Auteurs Audience Award, New Auteurs Critic's Prize for Best Actor

IFF de Cinema Negre de Manresa

‘Placido de Plata' award for Best Film

Fest Int'l du Cinéma Européen des Arcs, France

Best Actor for Matthias Schoenaerts

Palm Springs IFF

Best Actor for Matthias Schoenaerts

Cutting Edge Awards

Best Belgian Film

Les ‘Machins' Awards

Best Production Assistant, Best Quote, Best Accent

Magritte Awards

Best Script, Best Actor, Best Editor, Best Co-production with Flanders

Victoria Film Festival

Best Feature Award

Belgian Critics Awards

‘Cavens' Award for best Belgian Film

Flemish script association

Award for Best Flemish script

& Dozens of other film festivals




Sound Mix

Dolby Digital

Aspect ratio

2.35 : 1


Aaton Penelope, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses


Studio l'Équipe, Belgium

Negative format

35 mm

Cinematographic Progress

Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format) Techniscope (source format)

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