Back to archive

Matthias Schoenaerts knighted by French Ministry of Culture


French Cultural Affairs Minister Fleur Pellerin has appointed Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts a chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).

The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognise emerging artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. The distinction is awarded three times a year, with two sessions for French citizens and one for foreigners, and is made up of three ranks: commander, officer and chevalier.

Schoenaerts began his film career in 1992 with a role in Stijn Coninx’s Oscar-nominated Daens. For his appearance in Dorothée van den Berghe’s Meisje (2003), he was selected to take part in the Berlinale’s Shooting Stars programme. Then followed roles in such films as Any Way the Wind BlowsThe One Thing to DoBlack BookLove Belongs to EveryoneLeft BankLoftThe Emperor of Taste and My Queen Karo.

He made his international breakthrough with his performance as a pumped-up cattle farmer in Michaël R. Roskam’s Oscar-nominated Bullhead. This landed him the main role opposite Marion Cotillard in Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone, for which Schoenaerts won the French César for Best Male Newcomer. This was followed by Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties in which he starred alongside Mila Kunis and Clive Owen and which premiered in Cannes.

Next came roles in The DropThe LoftA Little ChaosSuite FrançaiseFar from the Madding CrowdMaryland, A Bigger Splash and The Danish Girl. Schoenaerts is currently on the set of Lewis and Clark, an HBO miniseries, and will also be involved in Roskam’s upcoming film project, The Faithful, produced by Savage Film (BullheadThe Ardennes).

Still: The Loft © Woestijnvis