“Close Protection” Finds International Distributor

Variety is reporting that Indie Sales has picked up the international rights for “Close Protection” – previously titled “Maryland“. The movie is currently in production in France. The first production still was released and we have added it in our gallery.

Indie Sales has picked up international sales rights to Alice Winocour’s “Close Protection,” a French Riviera-set thriller toplining Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone,” “The Drop”) and Diane Kruger.

Pic marks Winocour’s follow-up to “Augustine,” which unspooled in Cannes Critics Week in 2012 as well as Toronto.

Penned by Winocour and lensed by cinematographer George Lechaptois, “Close Protection” stars Schoenaerts as Vincent, a French Special Forces soldier just back from Afghanistan who is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder. He gets hired to ensure security at the luxury villa of a Lebanese businessman, his wife (Diane Kruger) and son on the French Riviera.

“The quality of the script and the great talent of Alice Winocour, not to mention the incredible casting, are making me very confident on the international film’s potential,” said Nicolas Eschbach, founder and president of Indie Sales, which will start shopping the movie at AFM.

“Close Protection” will be completed in the spring. Steohane Celerier’s Mars Distribution will release the movie in France.

At AFM, Indie Sales is also selling Stefano Sollima’s “Suburra.”

Close Protection” is expected to be released in 2015.

“A Bigger Splash” Part Of Studiocanal’s AFM Lineup

Variety is reporting that Matthias upcoming movie will be part of Studiocanal’s AFM lineup to find distributors.

Max Joseph’s “We Are Your Friends,” with Zac Eron, about an aspiring Hollywood DJ, Luca Guadagnino’s psychological thriller “A Bigger Splash,” with Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson, Brian Hegland’s Tom Hardy gangster thriller “Legend” and Stephen Frears’ still-untitled Lance Armstrong movie, with Ben Foster as the cyclist, are all in post-production.

“A Bigger Splash” also hit the Toronto Film Festival market in September and Variety reported the following plot:

Meanwhile, “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson has joined the cast of “A Bigger Splash,” an edgy and contempo twist on the cult Alain Delon-Romy Schneider starrer “La Piscine.” Johnson will play opposite Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts.

“Splash” centers on a glamorous couple whose holiday in Southern Italy takes an unexpected turn with the visit from an old friend and his luscious daughter.

“Suite Française” Trailer

“Suite Française” Trailer

Entertainment One UK released the first (international) trailer for “Suite Française“. Matthias stars in the movie alongside Michelle Williams. The movie will be released on January 23, 2015 in UK cinemas and it’s not been announced when it will be released in the US. The high definition screen captures have been added in our gallery and the trailer in our video archive.

Set in 1940s France and based on the international best-selling work of Irène Némirovsky, SUITE FRANÇAISE follows beautiful Lucile Angellier who awaits news from her husband, a prisoner of war whilst leading a stifled existence with her domineering mother-in-law. When Parisian refugees pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers’ homes, Lucile’s life is turned upside down. In the Angellier home, Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno, the handsome and refined German officer who has been posted to live with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and traps them in the tragedy of war.

“Suite Française” Selected for AFM 2014

“Suite Française” Selected for AFM 2014

AFM announced it’s line-up and “Suite Française” will have it’s world premiere during the festival. Matthias stars alongside Michelle Williams. Variety is reporting the following story:

Michelle Williams’ World War II romance “Suite Francaise” has been set for a “world premiere” at the American Film Market along with 90 other movies.

AFM runs Nov. 5-12 in Santa Monica with over 415 films screening privately for buyers.

“Suite Francaise,” directed by Saul Dibb and based on the Irene Nemirovsky novel, also stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, Lambert Wilson and Margot Robbie. Entertainment One financed and produced.

TF1 International is selling international rights. The Weinstein Co. has U.S. rights.

The first screening will be held on November 5th followed by another screening on the 7th according to the official website.

Video Archive Officially Launched!

We are very happy to announced we officially launched our video archive. You can visit our subdomain videos.matthias-schoenaerts.net. We only added a handful of videos – mostly movie trailers – so far but we are planning on expanding it the coming months. Links and previews can be found below and be sure to check out all our recently added videos page.

“The Loft” Gets 2015 US Release Date

The Loft” director Erik van Looy confirmed to the Belgium press that the movie will get a wide theatrical release in the US on January 23, 2015. The movie will open the Ghent Film Festival later this month. The distributor released the first posters and additional stills and on set images which have been added to our gallery. The high definition screen captures of the first trailer have also been added. Be sure to check out our previous post in case you missed the trailer.


Matthias & Diane Kruger to Star in “Maryland”

Deadline is reporting that Matthias is set to star opposite Diane Kruger in “Maryland“.

Diane Kruger has set two indie features to fill her winter schedule. German-born Kruger (Wicker Park, Inglourious Basterds, The Host) will first head to the south of France to film Maryland for director Alice Winocour, the helmer who made her debut two years ago with the Cannes entry Augustine. The film tracks an ex-soldier with PTSD who is hired to protect the wife and child of a wealthy Lebanese businessman while he’s out of town. Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust and Bone) will play the soldier. Dharamsala and Darius Films are producing. Schoenaerts will be seen next in Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From the Madding Crowd which Fox Searchlight will release in May. He is repped by CAA and UBBA in France.

Matthias mentioned he was heading to France after “The Drop” promotion to the Belgium press so we assume the production will start soon.

Photoshoots & Portraits Gallery Update

As promised another gallery update. Dozens of additional and mostly high quality images have been added to the photoshoot & portraits section in our gallery including a brand new one of Matthias with “The Drop” director Michaël R. Roskam.


Focus Acquires “A Little Chaos”

Deadline is reporting that Focus Features acquired “A Little Chaos” and are aiming a March 27, 2015 release in the US.

Focus Features has taken North American rights to TIFF closing night romantic drama A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts. Alan Rickman directed the story of a strong-willed landscape designer chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles. Rickman also co-wrote the Lionsgate UK and BBC Films production with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock and stars along with Stanley Tucci and Danny Webb. Focus has set a March 27, 2015 stateside release while Lionsgate UK handles its UK debut early next year. Rickman’s first film as director since 1997’s The Winter Guest is produced by Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood for Potboiler Productions and Bertrand Faivre for The Bureau. Zygi Kamasa, Guy Avshalom, Nick Manzi, Christine Langan, Ray Cooper, Norman Merry, and Richard Wolfe are executive producers. Focus also took Scandinavian rights as the deals closed during TIFF. Focus Features’ Lia Buman, President of Acquisitions, and Beth Lemberger, Executive Vice President of Business Affairs negotiated the deal with CAA on behalf of Lionsgate UK and Potboiler Productions. Lionsgate International is handling foreign sales.

Public Appearances Gallery Update

Hundreds of additional high quality images of Matthias attending various events in 2011-2014 have been added in our gallery including some great additions of the recent “The Drop” premiere in Brussels, Belgium. We also images of some missing events. Stay tuned because we have more additional images for you coming in the coming days.


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