Archive of films The Broken Circle Breakdown / The Broken Circle Breakdown

Netherlands / Belgium
2012, 111 min

Section: Variety's Ten Euro Directors to Watch
Year: 2013

Sophisticated editing brings out the story’s complex emotional undercurrents in this bluegrass-infused Flemish meller about two lovers. A huge hit at home, this crowdpleasing tearjerker with a terrific soundtrack scooped up the Panorama Audience Award and Europa Cinemas Label at the Berlinale.


Synopsis

Ups and downs are constantly juxtaposed in this  bluegrass-infused Flemish meller about two lovers. As in helmer Felix van Groeningen’s previous pic, The Misfortunates, sophisticated cutting brings out the story’s complex emotional undercurrents. A huge hit at home last fall, this crowdpleasing tearjerker with a terrific soundtrack sold widely after its festival bow in Berlin, where it scooped up the Panorama Audience Award and Europa Cinemas Label. In a hospital in the Flemish city of Ghent, Didier (Johan Heldenbergh), a singer and banjo player in a Belgian bluegrass band, and his lover, Elise (Veerle Baetens), a tattoo-parlor owner, are told by doctors their 6-year-old daughter has cancer. To counterbalance what must certainly rank high on the protags’ list of worst days ever, the pic rewinds to the moment they were just getting to know each other and life seemed full of possibilities. Winner, Best Script, Best Actress, Tribeca Film Festival.

About the director

Felix van Groeningen (b. 1977, Ghent, Belgium) graduated in visual arts from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent. He had outstanding success with The Misfortunates (De helaasheid der dingen, 2009) both at home and abroad, receiving the Golden Tulip for his efforts, the Istanbul IFF’s highest award. The film was also screened at KVIFF in 2010. On his four features, including debut Steve + Sky (2004) and With Friends Like These (Dagen zonder lief, 2007), he cooperated with producer Dirk Impens and cameraman Ruben Impens. He is also interested in theater, writing a number of plays for Ghent’s Kung Fu theater troupe and often directing as well.

Contacts

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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Variety's Ten Euro Directors to Watch
   
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Screenplay: Carl Joos, Felix van Groeningen podle divadelní hry / based on the theatre play The Broken Circle Breakdown
Dir. of Photography: Ruben Impens
Music: The Broken Circle Breakdown Band
Editor: Nico Leunen
Producer: Dirk Impens
Production: Menuet
Cast: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse
Contact: The Match Factory

Guests

Felix van Groeningen

Film Director

Brigitte Suárez

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