Michaël R. Roskam

As a (very) young man Michael R. Roskam was passionate about grafic novels, comic-strips and cinema. Inspired by the great Belgian tradition of comic-strip artists like Hergé, he decided to become a comic-strip artist himself and went to St-Lucas Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. There he discovered painting and contemporary art. He graduated but also got involved into writing fiction - meanwhile keeping his passion for the image alive by drawing and experimenting with video. After several jobs as a journalist (@ De Morgen, newspaper) and a copywriter (@ Saatchi&Saatchi, advertising), he wrote a script for a short film. By directing this himself he returned to the roots of his creative urge: cinema. The result was his first short movie: "HAUN". He finally found out what he'd always been looking for: movement. Since then he worked as a moviemaker. "CARLO" (prod. CCCP), his second short, won several prizes at national and international festivals and was shown on different tv-channels and movie theatres in Europe. His third short "THE ONE THING TO DO" (prod. CCCP) premiered in December 2005 at the Leuven International Shortfilm Festival were the film won the Audience Award. In November 2007 he went to L.A. to shoot TODAY IS FRIDAY (prod. SAVAGE FILM/M. ROSKAM), a short film based on an Ernest Hemingway story.

Bullhead (2011)

Young Limburg cattle farmer, Jacky Vanmarsenille, is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious West-Flemish beef trader. But the assassination of a federal policeman, and an unexpected confrontation with a mysterious secret ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Matthias Schoenaerts  •  Jeroen Perceval  •  Jeanne Dandoy  •  Barbara Sarafian

Young Limburg cattle farmer, Jacky Vanmarsenille, is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious West-Flemish beef trader. But the assassination of a federal policeman, and an unexpected confrontation with a mysterious secret ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Matthias Schoenaerts  •  Jeroen Perceval  •  Jeanne Dandoy  •  Barbara Sarafian

The Drop (2014)

Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Tom Hardy  •  Noomi Rapace  •  James Gandolfini  •  Matthias Schoenaerts

Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Tom Hardy  •  Noomi Rapace  •  James Gandolfini  •  Matthias Schoenaerts

Carlo (2004)

Nicky breaks both of his feet, and asks his cousin Carlo to stand in for him during a footballmatch. But when Carlo is picked up on the day of the match, he gets in the wrong car.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Hans Knaepen  •  Sam Louwyck  •  Johan Vanswijgenhoven  •  Olivier Bony

Nicky breaks both of his feet, and asks his cousin Carlo to stand in for him during a footballmatch. But when Carlo is picked up on the day of the match, he gets in the wrong car.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Hans Knaepen  •  Sam Louwyck  •  Johan Vanswijgenhoven  •  Olivier Bony

Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

When Gino meets racing driver Bénédicte, it's love at first sight. But Gino has a secret. The kind of secret that can endanger their lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Matthias Schoenaerts  •  Adèle Exarchopoulos  •  Jean-Benoît Ugeux  •  Kerem Can

When Gino meets racing driver Bénédicte, it's love at first sight. But Gino has a secret. The kind of secret that can endanger their lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Matthias Schoenaerts  •  Adèle Exarchopoulos  •  Jean-Benoît Ugeux  •  Kerem Can

Een verkeerde toekomst (2019)

A short film about our climate, our conscience and our future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Jan Decleir  •  Natali Broods  •  Romy Lauwers  •  Aiko Vanparys

A short film about our climate, our conscience and our future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Jan Decleir  •  Natali Broods  •  Romy Lauwers  •  Aiko Vanparys

The One Thing to Do (2005)

Edward Monskii, is in a very bad shape, and Botter Gaarman, obviously tired, are in the terrace of a coffee of a Mediterranean city, ready for a long time prepared mission. When a quite old man, Ernest Carpentier, joined their table, the situation becomes tense and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Matthias Schoenaerts  •  Tibo Vandenborre  •  Serge-Henri Valcke  •  Nathanaël Maïni

Edward Monskii, is in a very bad shape, and Botter Gaarman, obviously tired, are in the terrace of a coffee of a Mediterranean city, ready for a long time prepared mission. When a quite old man, Ernest Carpentier, joined their table, the situation becomes tense and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Matthias Schoenaerts  •  Tibo Vandenborre  •  Serge-Henri Valcke  •  Nathanaël Maïni

Haun! (2002)

Short film is set on a dark and deserted location at two o'clock at night. In the light of the streetlamps, we see how a man has been severely beaten up. To revenge him, his friend gives the assailants a dressing down. The four men attract the attention of curious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  François Brice  •  Fabrice Boutique  •  Hans Knaepen  •  Vlatko Samuilovski

Short film is set on a dark and deserted location at two o'clock at night. In the light of the streetlamps, we see how a man has been severely beaten up. To revenge him, his friend gives the assailants a dressing down. The four men attract the attention of curious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  François Brice  •  Fabrice Boutique  •  Hans Knaepen  •  Vlatko Samuilovski

Het slachtoffer (2021)

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DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Antoine Princen  •  Olivier Bony

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DIRECTION:  Michaël R. Roskam
CAST:  Antoine Princen  •  Olivier Bony