“Racer and the Jailbird” Belgium Oscar Submission

Variety is reporting that “Racer And The Jailbird” has been selected as Belgium’s Oscar submission in the he foreign-language Oscar race.

Michaël R Roskam’s “Racer and the Jailbird” (“Le Fidèle”), a neo-noir romance drama with Matthias Schoenaerts (“Our Souls at Night”) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”) has been selected to represent Belgium in the foreign-language Oscar race.

Roskam’s third feature, “Racer and the Jailbird” is set to world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will then play at Toronto. Roskam’s feature debut,” Bullhead,” earned a foreign-language Oscar nomination in 2012.

Written by Roskam, Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré, “Racer and the Jailbird” charts the tragic love story between a gangster, Gino, and Benedicte, a wealthy and fearless racing driver, against the backdrop of a brutal crime gang in Brussels. Bidegain and Debré previously collaborated on the script of Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or winning “Dheepan,” among other films.

Wild Bunch is selling “Racer and the Jailbird” internationally. Neon, which pre-bought the film, will release it later this year in the U.S.

“Racer and the Jailbird” is produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (BE) and Pierre-Ange Le Pogam of Stone Angels (FR), in co-production with Pathé (FR), Wild Bunch (FR), Eyeworks (BE), Frakas Productions (BE), Kaap Holland Film (NL) and Submarine (NL).

The film received support from Belgium’s Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel (CAA), Screen Flanders, screen.brussels and Wallimage, as well as Eurimages, Creative Europe and Netherlands Film Fund.

Matthias Confirms Robert De Niro Project For 2018

Matthias Confirms Robert De Niro Project For 2018

Matthias has confirmed he will be working with Robert De Niro while promoting “Racer And The Jailbird” in Belgium. As you might have noticed, Matthias shared a photo of himself and De Niro on his official instagram account celebrating De Niro’s birthday with the caption: “Something’s cooking …. and it smells goood. Surprise surprise #robertdeniro #morenewslater”. He also shared a photo the next day of himself alongside Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Sean Penn and writer/director David O. Russell. Matthias confirmed he will be working with De Niro in 2018 to VTR. However, he is unable to confirm which project but gave the hint that he will be filming for 7 months. VTR is speculating, and this seems very plausible, that Matthias has joined the cast of David O. Russell’s Amazon series which also has Julianne Moore attached. Deadline reported last year that the series is still untitled. Here’s an excerpt of their report:

The big drama series package that has David O. Russell as writer-director and Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore starring is landing at Amazon and The Weinstein Company. We hear the untitled series has received a two-season commitment in a $160 million deal. Each season will consist of eight episodes, all written and directed by Russell. Details about the show are sketchy, but we hear it is a mafia crime series.

Last month Variety reported that Michael Shannon has also joined the cast of the series. They are reporting that production is expected to start later this year in New York. Keep in mind that it’s still speculation that Matthias has joined this project, we are hoping Amazon will confirm their casting soon.

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2017 Toronto International Film Festival Schedule

2017 Toronto International Film Festival Schedule

The Toronto International Film Festival announced this year’s schedule earlier today. “Racer and the Jailbird” is selected for the festival as part of their Special Presentation program, as we previously reported. Matthias is expected to attend, according to the official press release, alongside his costar Adèle Exarchopoulos and director Michaël R. Roskam. The festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017 and the first screening will be held on Thursday, September 7th. This screening is a press & industry only screening. The first public screening will be held on September 12. For more information about the tickets and festival be sure to head over to the official website.

Racer and the Jailbird | North American Premiere | Special Presentations
Thursday September 7 – 09:15PM (Press & industry)
Tuesday September 12 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday September 13 – 3:30 PM

The following programmers note was released:

The only threat to the romance between thief Gino (Matthias Schoenaerts) and race car driver Bénédicte is the lure of his next heist, in this latest crime-thriller from Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead, The Drop).

Reuniting with the exceptionally talented Matthias Schoenaerts, Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam returns to the criminal underbelly with Racer and the Jailbird. But in a departure from the small-time crooks of Bullhead and The Drop (TIFF 2014), his latest feature operates in a world of higher stakes and more refined tastes.
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2017 Venice Film Festival Schedule

2017 Venice Film Festival Schedule

The Venice Film Festival Schedule has announced it’s official screening schedule. Matthias is on double festival duty with “Our Souls At Night and “Racer And The Jailbird“. The festival runs from August 30-September 9 and for more information be sure to head over to the official website.

Our Souls at Night
September 1 | 22:15 Sala Grande | Out Of Competition
Kent Haruf’s work has always had a special place in my heart for its honesty and specificity. I was honored to adapt his last novel to the screen, and to collaborate with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda to tell this story of ordinary people so intensely specific and local, and that’s what makes it universal. We cast extensively locally, and the story gave us a chance to explore the specificities of Eastern Colorado—the landscape that drives these two characters together, the things they like to hear on the radio, and the timeless notion of pretend families. Working with the actors and the land to tell Haruf’s story of this cycle of love and loss that is life, just made me more certain that stuff of great literature exists nowhere else but in our everyday lives, as it always has.

Le fidèle/Racer And The Jailbird
September 8 | 20:30 PalaBiennale | Out Of Competition

For the entire screening and additional screenings be sure to check out the official schedule.

“Racer And The Jailbird” Selected For TIFF!

“Racer And The Jailbird” Selected For TIFF!

The Toronto International Film Festival announced that “Racer And The Jailbird” has been selected for their film festival as part of their special presentation program. The movie will have it’s North America Premiere during the festival, after having it’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. According to their official website the screening will be a world premiere and the running time is 130 minutes. The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017. To see the full lineup, be sure to head over to the official website.

The only threat to the romance between thief Gino (Matthias Schoenaerts) and race car driver Bénédicte is the lure of his next heist, in this latest crime-thriller from Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead, The Drop).

The schedule and guest list is expected to be released today. Let’s hope Matthias is expected to attend!
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“Our Souls at Night” Teaser Trailer

“Our Souls at Night” Teaser Trailer

Netflix released the first teaser of “Our Souls at Night“, which will premiere during the Venice Film Festival. The teaser only includes Matthias’ costars Jane Fonda and Robert Redford and you can find it after the jump. The movie will be available for streaming on Netflix on September 29, 2017.

There’s no age restriction to falling in love. Jane Fonda and Robert Redford reunite for Our Souls At Night, a Netflix Film.

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“Racer And The Jailbird” Selected For Venice Film Festival

“Racer And The Jailbird” Selected For Venice Film Festival

The 74th Venice International Film Festival unveiled it’s lineup earlier today and Michael R. Roskam’s “Racer And The Jailbird (Le Fidèle) is part of their lineup. The movie will screen out of competition as part of their fiction programming. Matthias will be at double festival duty, with “Our Souls At Night” already announced and also screening out of competition. The festival runs from August 30 to September 9 and the full lineup can be found at Variety.

“Our Souls At Night” Selected For Venice Film Festival

“Our Souls At Night” Selected For Venice Film Festival

Deadline is reporting that “Our Souls At Night” will have it’s world premiere during the Venice Film Festival. Matthias’ co-stars Jane Fonda and Robert Redford will receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement awards.

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford have each been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice International Film Festival and the duo’s upcoming pic Our Souls At Night, a Netflix original film, will world premiere at the 74th edition of the fest in an out-of-competition slot.

Our Souls At Night, which is directed by Ritesh Batra and produced by Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises, will screen on September 1 in the Palazzo del Cinema and a ceremony to award the film’s stars Fonda and Redford will take place just before the screening.

The film marks the first time Fonda and Redford have appeared on screen together since they both starred in 1979’s The Electric Horseman. Based on the novel by Kent Haruf and adapted for screen by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, Our Souls At Night is set in Colorado and begins when Addie Moore (Fonda) pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor Louis Waters (Redford). Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town, they’d been neighbors for decades but had little contact. Netflix is launching the film globally next year.
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Racer And The Jailbird (Le Fidèle) Trailers

Racer And The Jailbird (Le Fidèle) Trailers

Pathé and Savage Film released the French and Belgium (teaser) theatrical trailers for “Racer And The Jailbird” (Le Fidèle). The movie reunites Matthias with director Michaël R. Roskam (“Bullhead” and “The Drop“) and co-stars Adèle Exarchopoulos. You can find the trailers in our video archive and the high definition screencaptures in our gallery. We also added the first production stills in our gallery.


Matthias Joins “Mustang”

THR is reporting that Matthias is set to star in Clermont-Tonnerre’s “Mustang” alongside Jason Mitchell. The movie got picked up by Focus.

In one of the first major acquisitions on the ground in Cannes, Focus Features has nabbed worldwide rights, excluding France, to Mustang, a drama that will star Matthias Schoenaerts and Jason Mitchell and mark the feature directing debut of French helmer Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre.

Written by de Clermont-Tonnerre, Mona Fastvold and Brock Norman Brock, the film centers on a convict named Roman (Schoenaerts) who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program training wild mustangs. With little connection to his fellow inmates, Roman struggles to communicate with the animals. Working alongside young convict Henry (Mitchell), Roman forges a strong bond with a particularly difficult mustang, which forces him to confront his harsh past and innermost demons.

Actress-turned-director de Clermont-Tonnerre, whose credits in front of the camera include The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, developed Mustang through the Sundance Labs and received the Sundance Institute/NHK Award for the project in 2015. Production on the English-language film will begin in September.

“Laure’s project is in the classic tradition of movies illuminating the connection between human nature and animal instinct,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. “Her vision for this project resonated powerfully to us, and the lead role is perfect for Matthias and his formidable talents.”

In France, the film will be distributed by France 3, Canal + and Ad Vitam. Alain Goldman (La Vie en Rose) is producing through his company Legende, with Molly Hallam executive producing.
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