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Oscar Watch: Foreign Language Nominee 'Bullhead' Opens February 17

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood January 27, 2012 at 6:26PM

Drafthouse Films has scheduled a limited release of "Bullhead," nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The underdog foreign language pick will open in Los Angeles, New York, and Austin on February 17.
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Bullhead

Drafthouse Films has scheduled a limited release of "Bullhead," nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.  The underdog foreign language pick will open in Los Angeles, New York, and Austin on February 17.

The Belgian "Bullhead" is the debut of writer and director Michael R. Roskam, who Variety named as one of 2011's "10 Directors to Watch."  His film is looks at the Belgian bovine hormone mafia. Jack Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a domineering cattle farmer. Pumped up on steroids and hormones, the rancher finds himself tied into a shady deal with a mafioso meat trader. Schoenaerts gained nearly 60 pounds of muscle for the film. He will next headline in Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" opposite Marion Cottilard.

"Bullhead" premiered in the US at the Fantastic Fest, where it won "Best Picture" in the AMD/Dell Next Wave Competition. So far, it has garnered 25 awards including "Best Actor" at Palms Springs IFF 2012 to Schoenaerts, as well as the "New Auteurs Audience Award" and "New Auteurs Critic's Prize For Best Actor" at the 2011 AFI festival.

The film will open in Los Angeles, New York, and Austin on February 17.  Drafthouse has plans to expand the film to new markets following this initial limited release.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.