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World Cinema

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Year 2012
Runtime 111 mins
Language Flemish
Subtitles In Flemish and English with English Subtitles
Albertan Premiere

In his fourth feature-length film, director Felix van Groeningen (The Misfortunates, With Friends Like These) uses traditional Americana imagery of trailer parks and farmhouses as a backdrop in exploring the tragic struggle of a family coming to grips with illness.

Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) is a dreamer, obsessed with all-things American and the irresistible urge to conquer new frontiers. He falls for Elise (Veerle Baetens), a tattoo parlour owner who shares his love of bluegrass music and eventually becomes a singer in his band. The lovers are tested when their daughter becomes seriously ill, putting a strain on both their relationship and Elise's religious faith. Already a winner of multiple awards at the Tribeca and Berlinale, Broken Circle Breakdown is a compelling work of passion and heartbreak.

Countries

Belgium Netherlands
Awards
Panorama Audience Award Berlinale 2013, Best Actress & Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Film Tribeca Film Festival 2013
Festivals
Berlinale 2013, Tribeca Film Festival 2013, Karlovy Vary International Film festival 2013
Director
Felix van Groeningen
Producer
Dirk Impens
Screenwriter
Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen
Cinematographer
Ruben Impens
Editor
Nico Leunen
Production Design
Kurt Rigolle
Music
The Broken Circle Breakdown Band led by Bjorn Eriksson
Cast
Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg, Nils De Caster, Robby Cleiren