Celluloid Dreams has snapped up international rights to Panorama entry and critical/box-office hit Bullhead, from debut Belgian director Michael R. Roskam.

The film was released in Belgium by Kinepolis Film Distribution earlier this month to rave reviews. It racked up close to 63,000 admissions and box office of €435,000 on its opening weekend alone. In the process, it has eclipsed records set by other local Flemish hits such as The Misfortunates and Dossier K. Press reactions have been very enthusiastic, with critics calling it “a huge blow to your face” and “a major film”.

The strong buzz around the film has emerged just a few days before the film makes its international premiere in Panorama on Sunday.

Bullhead is a crime drama set in the world of hormone smugglers where tough farmers intimidate and bribe for illegal but profitable cattle trade. Fast rising Flemish star Matthias Schoenaerts in the lead role of embattled cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille.

The film was produced by Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Film as a Belgian/Dutch co-production with co-producers Eyeworks (Belgium), Artemis (Belgium) and Waterland Film (The Netherlands) joining forces with Savage Film on the project. The project was supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund & Flanders Image, The Dutch Film Fund, Le Centre du cinéma de la communauté française de Belgique et des télédistributeurs Wallons, Wallimage/Bruxellimage and the MEDIA Development program.