Bullhead (2/24, 4:45pm)

The Belgian crime epic Bullhead has just been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Oscars — and Cinefamily now brings it to you on the big screen! One of 2011’s most stunning debuts, Michaël R. Roskam’s Bullhead is a harrowing tale of revenge and redemption that, like Scorsese’s The Departed, superbly depicts a complex microcosm of unique culture and shattering violence. Matthias Schoenaerts (in a ferocious breakout performance) plays a domineering Limburg cattle farmer constantly pumped on growth hormone, who initiates a shady deal with a notorious Flemish mafioso meat trader — and as various figures from his childhood pop up and threaten to unravel his present-day dealings, he must decide whether or not to own up to his fate. Schoenaerts is truly one to watch, as both his real-life transformation for the role (Raging Bull-style) and his on-fire presence put him in a league all his own. Acclaimed at festivals worldwide, this visceral multi-award-winning saga is “a tremendous accomplishment…one of the most powerful experiences I’ve had in a theater this year.” (HitFix).
Dir. Michaël R. Roskam, 2011, HD presentation, 128 min.

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