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Activities - 15/02/2013


Belgium’s THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN wins Europa Cinemas Label at the Berlinale!


Belgian film THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, directed by Felix Van Groeningen has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Panorama section, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors from the Network, the ninth time the Label has been awarded in Berlin.

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas Network, with additional promotion and incentives for exhibitors to extend the film’s run on screen.

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The jury issued the following statement: “Felix van Groeningen is a real filmmaker. This is a beautiful and original way of looking at a mother and father’s relationship with their terminally sick daughter. We especially liked the cinematography, the non-linear structure of the story, and the fact that he avoids easy emotional manipulation while dealing with a tough subject. The music from the parents’ bluegrass band is not just the soundtrack but a source of energy and hope for everyone. The clear message is that we must invest in scientific research and not allow religion or politics to interfere.”


Didier and Elise’s relationship is stormy and passionate; it’s love at first sight. Didier plays the banjo in a bluegrass band, lives in a caravan in the Belgian countryside and idolises America as the ‘land of the free’. Elise owns her own tattoo parlour. Her body is plastered with images – little mementos of past lovers whose names have been carefully covered up by new tattoos. Before long their two lives are closely intertwined. Elise sings in Didier’s band and they soon have a daughter together, little Maybelle, with whom they move into a lovingly if unconventionally restored country house. This film accompanies Elise and Didier on their rollercoaster ride through life; through days filled with their love of music and their mutual passion.
Based on the stage play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels, director Felix van Groeningen portrays various episodes in Elise and Didier’s story. The film’s barn-stomping blue grass concert footage and enthralling love story are delightfully reminiscent of the grand old days of American country music.



The film stars Johan Heldenbergh, Veerle Baetens
 and Nell Cattrysse.

Director of Photography: Ruben Impens / Editor: Nico Leunen / Sound Design: Michael Schöping / Music: Bjorn Eriksson / Production Design: Kurt Rigolle.

Felix van Groeningen is both director and a co-screenwriter, along with Carl Joos.

Producer: Dirk Impens, with Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, and Laurette Schillings as Co-Producers.

The film is a Belgian/Dutch co-production between Menuet, Gent and Topkapi Films, Amsterdam.

Felix van Groeningen was born in Gent in Belgium in 1977. He completed his studies at KASK in Gent in 2002 with a Masters in visual arts. This was followed by a number of short films; he also wrote and directed theatre plays whilst working as an actor. Eventually deciding to return to film, he has since made three feature films with producer Dirk Impens.

The four Network exhibitors in this year’s jury were:

Irina Efstratiou  - Cine Astra - Naxos (Greece)

Anne Kellner  - Lichtspieltheater Wundervoll - Rostock (Germany)

Tanja Miličić - Kino Valli / Pula Film Festival - Pula (Croatia)

Gerardo De Vivo - Multicinema Modernissimo - Naples (Italy)

Contact - Label Europa Cinemas : Alizée Dallemagne - adallemagne at