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Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Dominates César Awards; 'Argo' Wins Best Foreign Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2013 3:18 PM
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If you had told us a year ago that a Michael Haneke directed film about the death of an elderly woman would become a contender for Best Picture, Best Foreign Lanuage Film, Best Actress and Best Director at the Oscars, we would've said you were crazy. But the provocateur's difficult, but touching and human film has managed to resonate far and wide, and while France's César Awards have pretty much zero bearing on the Oscars, it's interesting to see that Haneke's work has been just as recognized.

Exclusive: Matthias Schoenaerts Joins 'Animal Rescue' With Tom Hardy & Noomi Rapace

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2013 2:56 PM
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While he stars in the Oscar-nominated short film "Death Of A Shadow," Matthias Schoenaerts got to celebrate early last night, as he took home the César Award for Best Newcomer for his fantastic performance in Jacques Audiard's "Rust And Bone." No doubt, the actor will have his fingers crossed for up-and-coming filmmaker Tom Van Avermaet on Sunday night where 'Death' will be hoping to take home a statue. But once the festivities are over, it will be back to work, and first up will be a reunion with his "Bullhead" director who first helped him break out on the international scene.

Kate Winslet & Matthias Schoenaerts To Star In Alan Rickman Directed Period Drama 'A Little Chaos'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2013 8:25 PM
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Persistence pays off it would seem. To date, celebrated actor Alan Rickman only has one feature film directing credit to his name, 1997's "The Winter Guest," and while we've yet to see a sophomore effort, it hasn't been for lack of trying. Rickman has had a couple of projects percolating over the years, but the one that he's stuck with has been "A Little Chaos." It looks like his determination has finally yielded some results, with two great actors on board and a start date in sight.

For Your Consideration: 5 Lead Performances That Deserve Oscar Recognition

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 20, 2012 12:05 PM
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Oscar voting got underway this week with a January 3rd deadline that, between Christmas and New Year, will be on us before we know it. And so, with only a few weeks left to catch up in theaters and work through screeners, we wanted to pick out a few names who've been otherwise overlooked by prognosticators and experts in the conversation to date.

Matthias Schoenaerts Reteams With 'Bullhead' Director Michael Roskam For 'The Faithful,' Lines Up 'The Ardennes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2012 11:22 AM
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In 2011, folks sat up and took notice of Matthias Schoenaerts. He broke out in the Oscar-nominated "Bullhead," and hasn't looked back since. In 2012 he starred in Jacques Audiard's "Rust And Bone," shot Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties," and lined up a role opposite Michelle Williams in the WWII drama "Suite Francaise" shooting next spring. But it looks like the actor hasn't forgotten who helped him get a leg up.

The Breakout Performances Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 11, 2012 1:56 PM
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One of the great thrills of being a movie fan is discovery. In a few weeks, we'll be rolling out our lists of the films we're looking forward to in 2013, many of which come from established names. And yet invariably, many of the best movies that will surprise us over the next twelve months will be ones that are, as yet, barely on our radar, from directors with no track record, and featuring actors who you wouldn't have been able to pick from a line up a few months earlier.

'Rust And Bone' Star Matthias Schoenaerts Joining Michelle Williams In WWII Drama 'Suite Francaise'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2012 9:29 AM
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This weekend sees Jacques Audiard's fantastic "Rust And Bone" open in limited release, and we've already been predicting big things for one of the film's leads, Matthias Schoenaerts. In our review we wrote that the "Bullhead" star "may find his breakthrough here, with comparisons to Tom Hardy to come....he's a similarly commanding physical presence, but he's the rare breed with acting chops to spare." And indeed, just like Hardy, it seems a number of doors are opening up.

Jacques Audiard & Matthias Schoenaerts Talk Love, Balance & Bon Iver In The Making Of 'Rust & Bone'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 21, 2012 11:22 AM
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We're at the time of year where we're starting to think about annual Best Of picks, and one film that's certain to crop up on multiple Playlist staff lists is "Rust & Bone," the latest film from writer-director Jacques Audiard. Having made two of the most impressive crime movies of the last decade with "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" and "Rust & Bone," Audiard has taken a left turn into romantic melodrama with his latest, which premiered back at Cannes in May.

Review: Blood & Water Flow Freely In Jacques Audiard's Beautiful & Moving 'Rust & Bone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2012 4:01 PM
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What is it we do to survive? Who is it we love? Who is it we fight? What are the forces seen and unseen that push our lives in directions we could have never expected? These are the questions that Jacques Audiard tackles in his latest, "Rust And Bone," a beautiful, moving story of two fractured lives that somehow, together, combine into a single (if unconventional) whole.

Watch: New Clips From 'Rust And Bone' & 'The Sapphires'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 10:23 AM
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While these films are yet to hit U.S. theaters, they are rolling out overseas, and so until you can pull up with a bag of popcorn to check it out yourself, here are clips to keep you sated for now.

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