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Oscar Special: Michael R. Roskan and Matthias Schoenaerts, Bullhead

A segment we have highlighted in recognition of the film's 2012 Academy Award nomination, originally aired as part of Schaefer's 61st Berlin Film Festival Special:

A fact-inspired Belgian thriller about farmers injecting cows with illegal hormones, writer director Michael R. Roskan's Bullhead wisely focuses on the people caught up in this illegal web. While an elaborate police surveillance operation is launched in response to a cop's murder, we focus particularly on one farmer, the strong, silent hulk of the title, a bull of a man named Jacky. As played by Matthias Schoenaerts in what should be a star making performance, he’s not so much frightening – at first anyway – as he is tortured and inarticulate. At the Berlin Film Festival's headquarters, the Palast, Roskan discusses how he took years writing his screenplay to emphasize entertainment over facts while Schoenaerts acknowledges that even though he took three years to gain 40 pounds no one believes he didn't do it simply by using steroids.


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Stephen Schaefer hosts candid conversations with actors, filmmakers, producers and movie people near and far. Schaefer has over three decades of writing and talking about movies behind him. He is the author of the Hollywood spoof The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer  and is currently a film critic and entertainment writer for The Boston Herald; and a contributor to USA Today and Entertainment Weekly.