Matthias Schoenaerts (Dutch: [ˈmɑtjɑs ˈsxunaːrts]; born 8 December 1977) is a Belgian actor, film producer, and graffiti artist of Flemish origin. He made his film debut at the age of 13 in Daens (1992), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He is best known for his roles as Filip in Loft (2008), Jacky Vanmarsenille in the Oscar-nominated Bullhead (2011), Ali in the BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominee Rust and Bone (2012), for which he won the César Award for Most Promising Actor, Eric Deeds in The Drop (2014), Bruno von Falk in Suite Française (2015), Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), Hans Axgil in The Danish Girl (2015) and Uncle Vanya in Red Sparrow (2018). Schoenaerts received critical acclaim for his portrayal of an ex-soldier suffering from PTSD in Disorder (2015).
Matthias Schoenaerts in 2016
|Occupation||Actor, film producer, graffiti artist|
Schoenaerts was born in Antwerp, Flanders, the Flemish (Dutch-speaking) region of Belgium. He is the son of actor Julien Schoenaerts (1925–2006) and Dominique Wiche (1953–2016), a costume designer, translator and French teacher. He has an older half brother, Bruno Schoenaerts (born 1953), who is a lawyer. Schoenaerts is of Walloon descent. His maternal grandmother is from Liège, Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, and he was raised by his maternal grandparents in Brussels.
In 1987, at nine years old, he appeared in a stage production of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince opposite his father, who was also the director. His mother, Dominique, was the costume designer of the play.
He started producing graffiti as a teenager under the pseudonym "Zenith", even going to New York to collaborate with the Bronx group TATS CRU. It is possible to watch some videos of Schoenaerts doing graffiti in Belgium on YouTube.
Schoenaerts was close to becoming a professional soccer player and was on the books of Belgian team Beerschot AC, but gave up when he was 16 years old. In 2013, Schoenaerts stated that he was a fan of Catalan football club FC Barcelona.
Early work in Belgium and Netherlands (1992–2011)Edit
At the age of 13, Schoenaerts made his film debut with a small role in the 1992 Belgian film Daens, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His father also starred in the film but they did not share any scenes together.
After completing studies at The Academy of Dramatic Arts in Antwerp, he featured in several shorts and feature films. In 2002, he starred in Dorothée Van Den Berghe's Meisje (Girl); Tom Barman's Any Way the Wind Blows in 2003; Rudolf Mestdagh's Ellektra and Roel Mondelaers & Raf Reyntjens's sci-fi short film A Message from Outer Space, which Schoenaerts also produced in 2004.
In 2007, he starred in Ben van Lieshout's film De Muze and in Erik Bruyn's Nadine.
In 2008, he played Bob in Pieter van Hees's horror film Left Bank (Linkeroever), and most notably 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. In the same year, Schoenaerts also starred in the mini-series The Emperor of Taste (De smaak van De Keyser), playing a Belgian soldier in World War II.
Breakthrough: Bullhead and Rust and Bone (2011–2013)Edit
In 2011, Schoenaerts played the lead role in Bullhead, directed by Michaël R. Roskam, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. His performance in the film was well received and won him the FIPRESCI Award for best actor at the 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." 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. The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was a critical and box office hit in France. On 22 February 2013, Matthias won the César Award for Most Promising Actor for his role in Rust and Bone.
Schoenaerts also produced and starred in the Belgian short film Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw), directed by Tom Van Avermaet. On 10 January 2013, the short film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
In 2014, Schoenaerts appeared alongside Clive Owen, Billy Crudup and again Marion Cotillard in the thriller Blood Ties, in which he played Anthony Scarfo. The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2015, the actor appeared in 7 films: The Loft, the American remake of the Belgian film Loft, in which he played the same character and was also his first English-language film; in Saul Dibb's Suite Française, playing the German soldier Bruno von Falk opposite Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas; in Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd as Gabriel Oak, one of Carey Mulligan's three love interests; in Alan Rickman's period drama A Little Chaos, as French landscape architect André Le Nôtre, opposite Kate Winslet.
Schoenaerts also starred in Alice Winocour's French thriller Disorder (Maryland), as an ex-soldier suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, for which his performance was highly praised. He played Paul in Luca Guadagnino's erotic thriller A Bigger Splash, starring opposite Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson, and also played the art-dealer Hans Axgil in Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl. A Bigger Splash and The Danish Girl made their world premieres at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, both were screened in the official competition.
In 2017, Schoenaerts reteamed with Michaël R. Roskam in the Belgian film The Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle), in the role of a gangster named Gigi. The film was Roskam and Schoenaerts' first film in Belgium since 2011's Bullhead. In the same year, Schoenaerts played Gene, Jane Fonda's son on the Netflix film Our Souls at Night, also starring Robert Redford and directed by Ritesh Batra.
He also worked again with director Thomas Vinterberg in Kursk, a film about the Kursk submarine disaster of 2000 in which Schoenaerts will play Russian Navy captain-lieutenant Mikhail Kalekov. The film is scheduled to be released in 2018.
Schoenaerts is scheduled to play William Clark in HBO's miniseries Lewis and Clark, co-starring Casey Affleck as Meriwether Lewis. The six-hour miniseries is executive produced by Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt.
In January 2016, it was announced that Schoenaerts will play a drummer who begins to lose his hearing in Darius Marder's The Sound of Metal.
On 24 August 2015, it was reported that Schoenaerts became the co-owner of the Belgian casting agency Hakuna Casting, which focuses on people of ethnic origin.
|2002||De blauwe roos||Minnaar||Short|
|2002||Meisje a.k.a. Girl||Oskar|
|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|
|2005||The End of the Ride a.k.a. Het einde van de rit||Samuel||Short|
|2005||Daughter a.k.a. Dochter||Mattias||Short|
|2005||The One Thing to Do||Edward Monskii||Short|
|2006||Love Belongs to Everyone a.k.a. Dennis van Rita||Dennis|
|2007||De Muze a.k.a. The Muse||John|
|2009||My Queen Karo||Raven|
|2010||The Pack||Le Gothique en toc|
|2010||Injury Time||Van Dessel||Short|
|2011||De President a.k.a. The President||Boyko|
|2011||The Gang of Oss a.k.a. De Bende van Oss||Ties van Heesch|
|2012||Rust and Bone||Ali|
|2012||Death of a Shadow||Nathan Rijckx||Short|
|2013||Chimpanzee||Narrator (Belgian Dutch version)||Documentary|
|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||Disorder a.k.a. Maryland||Vincent|
|2015||The Danish Girl||Hans Axgil|
|2015||A Bigger Splash||Paul De Smedt|
|2017||Our Souls at Night||Gene|
|2017||The Racer and the Jailbird a.k.a. Le Fidèle||Gigi|
|2018||Red Sparrow||Ivan Vladimirovich Egorov|
|2018||Close Enemies||Manuel Marco|
|2019||The Mustang||Roman Coleman|
|2019||A Hidden Life||Captain Herder|
|TBA||The Sound of Philadelphia||Peter Flood||Post-production|
|TBA||The Old Guard||Filming|
|2001||Flikken||Jens Goossens||Episode "Corrupt"|
|2002||Stille waters||Rechercheur||1 Episode|
|2008||De Smaak van De Keyser a.k.a. The Emperor of Taste||Alfred Lenaerts||8 Episodes|
|2009||Los zand||Vincent Vandeweghe||13 Episodes|
|2010||Duts||Himself||Episode "De nieuwe buurman"|
|2015||De Biker Boys||Himself||Episode "De reconstructie"|
Awards and nominationsEdit
César Awards, FranceEdit
|2013||César Award||Most Promising Actor||Rust and Bone||Won|
Magritte Awards, BelgiumEdit
|2012||Magritte Award||Best Actor||Bullhead||Won|
|2013||Best Actor||Rust and Bone||Nominated|
|2018||Best Actor||Racer and the Jailbird||Pending|
Flanders Film Awards, BelgiumEdit
Oostende Film Festival, BelgiumEdit
Lumières Awards, FranceEdit
|2013||Lumières Award||Best Actor||Rust and Bone||Nominated|
Globes de Cristal Awards, FranceEdit
|2013||Globes de Cristal Award||Best Actor||Rust and Bone||Nominated|
Étoiles d'Or Awards, FranceEdit
|2013||Étoiles d'Or||Best Male Newcomer||Rust and Bone||Won|
Prix Patrick Dewaere, FranceEdit
|2013||Prix Patrick Dewaere||Nominated|
|2003||Berlin International Film Festival||EFP Shooting Star||Won|
|2009||Monte-Carlo TV Festival||Golden Nymph for Outstanding Actor - Drama Series||De smaak van De Keyser||Nominated|
|2011||AFI Fest||New Auteurs Critic's Prize For Best Actor||Bullhead||Won|
|2011||Austin Fantastic Fest||Next Wave Award for Best Actor||Bullhead||Won|
|2011||Les Arcs European Film Festival||Best Actor||Bullhead||Won|
|2011||2-in-1 International Film Festival||Heroes Award for Best Actor||Bullhead||Won|
|2011||Saint-Jean-de-Luz Young Filmmakers Festival||Best Actor||Bullhead||Won|
|2012||Palm Springs International Film Festival||FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actor||Bullhead||Won|
|2012||Valladolid International Film Festival||Best Actor||Rust and Bone||Won|
|2015||Capri-Hollywood International Film Festival||Revelation of the Year||The Danish Girl||Won|
|2012||Dublin Film Critics' Circle||Best Actor||Rust and Bone||Nominated|
|2013||CinEuphoria Awards||Best International Actor||Bullhead||Won|
|2013||CinEuphoria Awards||Best International Actor||Rust and Bone||Won|
|2013||International Cinephile Society Awards||Best Actor||Bullhead||Nominated|
|2016||Elle Style Awards||Actor of the Year||Won|
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