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OSCARS 2013 Belgium

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Will Mathias Schoenaerts return to the Oscars?

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- Young Flemish filmmaker Tom Van Avermaet’s Death of a Shadow, a film produced by Serendipity, is one of 11 shorts pre-selected for the Oscars

Will Mathias Schoenaerts return to the Oscars?

Soldier Nathan Rijckx is dead. His shadow is held hostage by a strange collector who has given him a second chance: his life against 10,000 captured shadows. Nathan has already captured 9,998 shadows. He wants to reach his goal for love, of course, for the sole purpose of again seeing Sarah, the woman with whom he has fallen in love.

Death of a Shadow, Tom Van Avermaet’s second film, has toured festivals, and could very well end its career with a grand finale in Hollywood, thanks to its award at the last LA Shortsfest. The award makes it one of 11 shorts pre-selected for the Oscars, as just announced by the Academy. Its win in Valladolid has also catapulted it into the competition at the next European Film Awards.

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Nathan is played by Mathias Schoenaerts (photo), an actor who is decidedly doing very well in Hollywood. After his lauded performance in Rundskop [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Bart Van Langendonck
interview: Michaël R. Roskam
film profile
]
last year (a film nominated for Best Film in A Foreign Language), the Flemish actor could now once again be about to walk down the Dolby Theatre’s red carpet. His name is also on everyone’s lips as a possible contender for the next César for best newcomer for his performance in Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jacques Audiard
interview: Jacques Audiard
film profile
]
. While he is currently expected to act in English director Saul Dibb’s adaptation of the novel Suite Française [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
]
(Dibb also directed The Duchess [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
) alongside Michelle Williams, he will also appear on American screens next spring in The Loft, a remake of Loft [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
directed by Erik Van Looy himself, then in Blood Ties, a remake of Liens du Sang [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(Jacques Maillot), in which Guillaume Canet previously acted and that the latter directed in the US.

Death of a Shadow is a project produced by Serendipity Films that was supported by the VAF’s Wild Card programme. It could well follow Ivan Goldschmidt’s

(Translated from French)

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