The Oscar-nominated film Bullhead (Dutch: ”Rundskop”) is planned for release in DVD format. Bullhead is a 2011 Belgian drama film written and directed by Michaël R. Roskam and starring Matthias Schoenaerts.
The film is about the prohibited use of growth hormones on cattle by farmers with ties to organised crime “hormone mafia”, and tells the story of Jacky Vanmarsenille, a young Limburgish farmer, who is approached by his veterinarian to make a deal with a West-Flemish beef trader. But the murder of a federal policeman, and an unexpected confrontation with a mysterious secret from Jacky’s past, set in motion a chain of events with far-reaching consequences.
The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, but lost to A Separation. The film was shot mainly in Truierlands, a Limburgish dialect.
The new DVD package includes Extras such as: a making-of featurette; commentary with director Michael R. Roskam; interviews; Roskam’s 20-minute short film from 2005, “One Thing to Do,” starring Schoenaerts; and a 16-page booklet.
Roskam worked on the script for over five years which was in part based on the 1995 murder of government livestock inspector Karel van Noppen who was investigating the use of growth hormones and the rest was fictitious. Schoenaerts trained up to twice daily, six times a week bodybuilding over a three year period to put on 27 kg (60 lb) of muscle to play the testosterone injecting Jacky.