The Broken Circle Breakdown

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The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Broken Circle Breakdown.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Felix Van Groeningen
Written by Felix Van Groeningen
Starring Veerle Baetens
Johan Heldenbergh
Cinematography Ruben Impens
Release date(s)
  • 10 October 2012 (2012-10-10)
Running time 111 minutes
Country Belgium
Language Dutch

The Broken Circle Breakdown is a 2012 Belgian drama film directed by Felix Van Groeningen. It was nominated for the 2013 Lux Prize. Based on the play written by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels, it features writer Johan Heldenbergh as the main character Didier, and actress/singer Veerle Baetens as Elise. Young newcomer Nell Cattrysse plays their ill daughter Maybelle. The film was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[1][2] and was nominated.[3]

Cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

The film is set in Ghent, Belgium, and explores the lives of Didier and Elise over seven years as they fall in love through their passion for bluegrass music. They have a daughter, Maybelle, who develops cancer after her sixth birthday, and succumbs to it within a year. Maybelle's death has a devastating effect on their relationship and their lives.

Production[edit]

The film was shot from 18 July to 8 September 2011 in Belgium.[4]

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. Will the Circle Be Unbroken? See also Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By)
  2. The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn by Alison Krauss, Pat Brayer, Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, Barry Bales, and Ron Block
  3. Dusty Mixed Feelings
  4. Wayfaring Stranger
  5. Rueben's Train
  6. Country In My Genes
  7. Further On Up The Road
  8. Where Are You Heading, Tumbleweed?
  9. Over In The Gloryland
  10. Cowboy Man
  11. If I Needed You
  12. Carved Tree Inn
  13. Sandmountain
  14. Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us
  15. Blackberry Blossom

Accolades[edit]

Awards
Award Category Recipient Outcome
Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film The Broken Circle Breakdown Nominated
César Awards[5][6] Best Foreign Film The Broken Circle Breakdown Won
Denver Film Critics Society[7] Best Foreign Language Film The Broken Circle Breakdown Nominated
European Film Awards[8] European Film The Broken Circle Breakdown Nominated
European Director Felix Van Groeningen Nominated
European Actress Veerle Baetens Won
European Actor Johan Heldenbergh Nominated
European Screenwriter Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen Nominated
People's Choice Award[9] The Broken Circle Breakdown Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Foreign Language Film The Broken Circle Breakdown Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Foreign Language Film The Broken Circle Breakdown Won
Tribeca Film Festival Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film Veerle Baetens Won
Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Film Carl Joos, Felix Van Groeningen Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association[10] Best Foreign Language Film The Broken Circle Breakdown Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Broken Circle Breakdown represents Belgium at Foreign Language Oscars". Flanders Image. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Oscars: Belgium Nominates 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' for Foreign Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Oscars: Main nominations 2014". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Pressbook - The Broken Circle Breakdown.pdf". Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Berenice Bejo, Lea Seydoux, Roman Polanski Among France's Cesar Awards Nominees". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "France's Cesar Awards: 'Me, Myself and Mum' Wins Best Film". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Lodge, Guy (7 January 2014). "2013 Denver Film Critics' Society nominations". HitFix. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ Leads European Film Awards Nominations". Deadline.com. PMC. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE EUROPEAN FILM AND WIN A TRIP TO THE 26th EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS IN BERLIN!". Europeanfilmawards.eu. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (December 8, 2013). "'12 Years a Slave' and 'Her' lead the way with Washington D.C. critics nominations". HitFix. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 

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