Felix Van Groeningen
|Felix Van Groeningen|
Felix Van Groeningen at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July 2016.
|Born||1977 (age 39–40)
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Ghent)|
|Occupation||Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter|
Life and career
Van Groeningen followed a training in audiovisual arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Ghent and graduated in 2000.
He became famous because of his debut movie Steve + Sky casting among others former model Delfine Bafort (who has also been his lover) and Flemish actor Titus De Voogdt. For this movie he received the Plateau Award 2004 for Best Belgian Film. In 2007 he brought out Dagen Zonder Lief, with actors as An Miller. The soundtrack was written by Jef Neve. In 2008 he started directing The Misfortunates, an adaptation for the screen of the book De helaasheid der dingen by Dimitri Verhulst. The picture, that was brought out in October 2009 in Belgium and the Netherlands, was selected in May 2009 for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs from the International Film Festival of Cannes. There The Misfortunates won the Prix Art et Essai, a distinction of the organisation that makes a resumen of 3,000 independent cinemas worldwide. Subsequently Van Groeningen won also the Jo Röpcke Award 2009 at the Ghent Film Festival. On 9 October 2012 Felix Van Groeningen opened the Film Festival in his city of birth with his fourth movie The Broken Circle Breakdown, a country-movie starring Johan Heldenbergh and Veerle Baetens. This movie would later go on to become the Belgian entry to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, and was on the nominated shortlist.
He also directed a couple of short films and theatre pieces.
Van Groeningen was born in Ghent, Belgium.
- 50CC (short film) (2000)
- Steve + Sky (2004)
- Dagen Zonder Lief (2007)
- De helaasheid der dingen (The Misfortunates) (2009)
- The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
- Belgica (2016)
- Beautiful Boy (2018)
- Felix Van Groeningen biography at Internet Movie Database, 4 January 2014
- "The Broken Circle Breakdown represents Belgium at Foreign Language Oscars". Flanders Image. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- "Oscars: Belgium Nominates 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' for Foreign Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Oscars: Main nominations 2014". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
- Felix Van Groeningen filmography at IMDb, 4 January 2014
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