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Matthias Knighted By French Ministry Of Culture

Matthias will be knighted by French Ministry of Culture as a chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres). Flanders Image is reporting the following story:

The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognise emerging artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. The distinction is awarded three times a year, with two sessions for French citizens and one for foreigners, and is made up of three ranks: commander, officer and chevalier.

Schoenaerts began his film career in 1992 with a role in Stijn Coninx’s Oscar-nominated Daens. For his appearance in Dorothée van den Berghe’s Meisje (2003), he was selected to take part in the Berlinale’s Shooting Stars programme. Then followed roles in such films as Any Way the Wind Blows, The One Thing to Do, Black Book, Love Belongs to Everyone, Left Bank, Loft, The Emperor of Taste and My Queen Karo.

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“A Bigger Splash” & “The Danish Girl” Selected For Venice Film Festival

The 72nd Venice International Film Festival just unveiled it’s official selection for this year’s festival and it was announced that Matthias will have two (!) movies playing in competition/Venezia 72 at the festival. Both “A Bigger Splash” and “The Danish Girl” will play in competition at the festival.

LUCA GUADAGNINO – A BIGGER SPLASH
Italy, France, 120′
Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson, Corrado Guzzanti

TOM HOOPER – THE DANISH GIRL
UK, USA, 120′
Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Sebastian Koch, Ben Whishaw, Matthias Schoenaerts

The festival runs from September 2-12 and for more information about the festival be sure to head over to their official website. “The Danish Girl” will also be part of the Toronto International Film Festival, as we reported yesterday.

“The Danish Girl” Selected For TIFF 2015!

“The Danish Girl” Selected For TIFF 2015!

It was just announced that Matthias’ upcoming movie “The Danish Girl” will be heading to the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s part of the Special Presentations programme and will have a North American Premiere.

Plot: Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars as Lili Elbe, the 1920s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery, in this biopic directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).
Principal cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts

The festival runs from September 10-20.

“Lewis And Clark” Casting Update

Deadline is reporting that several actors have joined the cast of “Lewis And Clark“.

Tanaya Beatty Aidan Kahn imdbCreed Garnick(The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1), Stephen Hill, Creed Garnick (Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike) and Aidan Kahn are the latest to join the cast of HBO miniseries Lewis And Clark. Based on the book Undaunted Courage, by Stephen E. Ambrose, it tells the story of America’s first contact with the land and native tribes of the country west of the Mississippi River. Production is slated to begin this summer.

The Army is growing in HBO’s miniseries Lewis And Clark. Brendan Fletcher (Gracepoint), James Cutler (Kick- Ass 2), Rob Aramayo, Devin Harjes (Daredevil, Gotham), Tim Plester, Tyson Ritter, and David Wilmot have been cast as members of the Corps of Discovery, the expeditionary group led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, played by Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts, respectively.

The miniseries follows the epic journey of the Corps of Discovery and its captains, Meriwether Lewis (Casey Affleck) and William Clark (Matthias Schoenaerts), who traverse uncharted territory on a mission to deliver President Jefferson’s message of sovereignty as they search for his fabled all-water route to the Pacific.

It was also reported that Josh Stewart (Criminal Minds) and Parker Croft (Once Upon A Time) joined the cast.

“Disorder” (Maryland) Acquired by Sundance Selects

“Disorder” (Maryland) Acquired by Sundance Selects

Good news everyone: Sundance Selects has acquired the U.S. rights to “Disorder” (Maryland) which premiered earlier this week during the Cannes Film Festival. Variety is reporting the following story:

Sundance Selects is acquiring U.S. rights to Alice Winocour’s “Disorder (Maryland)” following its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.

The thriller with a screenplay by Winocour, stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger and Paul Hamy. It was produced by Dharamsala’s Isabelle Madelaine and Darius Films’ Emilie Tisne.

Schoenaerts plays a French Special Forces soldier hired to ensure the security of Kruger’s character — the wife of a rich Lebanese businessman — at their luxurious villa. Variety‘s Guy Lodge gave the film a strong review, noting “Winocour has the gift of instilling fear at a range of tempos.”

Winocour’s first feature film, “Augustine,” premiered at the 2012 Cannes Critics Week.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Indie Sales Company’s Nicolas Eschbach on behalf of the filmmakers.

2015 Cannes Schedule

2015 Cannes Schedule

The official schedule for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival has been announced earlier today. Matthias’ upcoming movie “Maryland“, previously “Close Protection“, will have it’s premiere screening on May 16th. The current reported running time is 1h41. No word yet if Matthias will attend the premiere. The festival runs from May 13-24 and be sure to head over to the official website for more information.

USA Today Interview

Matthias and his co-stars Carey Mulligan sat down with USA Today to promote “Far From The Madding Crowd“. The print edition of the interview appeared in yesterday’s edition (April 28) of USA Today and you can find the scans in our gallery. We also added the first photoshoot outtakes.

Growing up in Belgium, the son of actor Julien Schoenaerts, Matthias Schoenaerts never thought to enter the family business.

He wanted to be a professional soccer player.

So when, exactly, did he realize he could pay rent by acting in films such as 2011’s best foreign language Oscar nominee Bullhead or as a bare-knuckle brawler opposite Marion Cotillard in the heartbreaking 2012 French drama Rust and Bone?

“Yesterday. As we speak,” jokes the actor, 37. “I never dreamed of being an actor. At a certain point, that’s what I wanted to do. Before you know it, you graduate from the Academy of Dramatic Arts. Damn, I’m an actor.”

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Vogue US Editorial Feature (May 2015)

Matthias is featured in Carey Mulligan’s beautiful cover photoshoot for May edition of Vogue (US). The photoshoot outtakes were released today and we added them in our gallery. We will add the magazine scans as soon as possible and be sure to head over to Vogue.com to read Carey’s interview.

Matthias on Carey: “There’s a tender strength that she has. A gentleness and a softness but an extreme force that comes with it.”

Carey on fainting during a scene: “Matthias thought I was acting. I dropped to my knees, then sort of keeled over to the side. It’s quite hard to faint in a corset.”

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Première Magazine Scans (April, 2015)

Matthias is featured in the current issue of the French Première magazine. We have added the magazine scans in our gallery. Many thanks to Alexandra for the heads up!


“Maryland” (Close Protection) Selected For Cannes 2015!

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival just announced (part of) their line-up for this year’s festival. It was announced that Alice Winocour’ “Maryland” is selected for the festival as part of their Un Certain Regard selection. It was previously reported that the movie was retitled “Close Protection” but looks like they changed it back. The running time for the movie is 1h40 according to the official website. Matthias stars in the movie alongside Diane Kruger. The festival runs from May 13-24.

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