Les Frères Dardennes

Brothers Jean-Pierre (April 21, 1951) and Luc Dardenne (March 10, 1954), both born in Liège (East of Belgium), are a Belgian filmmaking duo. They write, produce and direct their films together.

The Dardennes began making documentary films in the late 1970s. They came to international attention in the mid-1990s with La Promesse (The Promise) and won their first major international film prize when Rosetta won the Palme d'Or at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2002, Olivier Gourmet won Best Actor at Cannes for the Dardennes' Le Fils (The Son). In 2005, they won the Palme d'Or a second time for their film L'Enfant (The Child), putting them in an elite club, at the time, of only seven. Their film, Le silence de Lorna (Lorna's Silence), won Best Screenplay at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Their film Le gamin au vélo (The Kid with a Bike) won the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and received eight Magritte Award nominations. In June 2012, the brothers were invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

More recently, their 2014 movie Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night) was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival but didn't won the prize.

Matthias Schoenaerts

Matthias Schoenaerts, born in Antwerp on December 8th 1977, is a Belgian actor and son of actor Julien Schoenaerts. He first starred in Daens in 1992 while he was only 15. He is best known for his roles in Loft, Bullhead and Rust and Bone, the latter for which he won the César Award for Most Promising Actor

Schoenarts appeared alongside Clive Owen, Mila Kunis and again Marion Cotillard in Blood Ties of French director Guillaume Canet, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

You can also see him in Suite Française, oppposite Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas, A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, playing alongside Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in The Drop, playing in the drama Alive Alone, reuniting with Rapace, and in the adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Far From the Madding Crowd.