EN - Elise is 28 and owns her own tattoo parlour. 36-year-old Didier is a Flemish cowboy who plays the banjo in a band. Although in many respects they are as alike as day and night, somehow their characters match perfectly and the arrival of their baby, Maybelle, makes their happiness complete. Life is good until one day, fate intervenes, and they lose their daughter.
NL - Elise heeft haar eigen tattooshop, Didier speelt banjo in een bandje. Het is liefde op het eerste gezicht, al zijn de verschillen groot. Hij praat, zij luistert. Hij is overtuigd atheïst, tegelijk ook een naïeve romanticus. In haar nek staat een kruis getatoeëerd, toch is ze de nuchterheid zelve. Wanneer dochtertje Maybelle geboren wordt, is hun geluk compleet. Maar als Maybelle zes is, wordt ze ernstig ziek. Didier en Elise reageren totaal verschillend, Maybelle laat hun echter geen keuze: Didier en Elise moeten samen voor haar vechten.
FR- Elise a 28 ans et tient son propre salon de tatouage. Didier, 36 ans, est un cowboy flamand qui joue du banjo dans un groupe. Bien que, sous de nombreux aspects, ils sont aussi ressemblants que le jour et la nuit, d’une certaine façon leur caractères s’accordent à la perfection et l’arrivée de leur bébé, Maybelle, les comble de bonheur. Tout se passe bien, jusqu’au jour où le destin intervient, et qu’ils perdent leur petite fille.
|Title||The Broken Circle Breakdown|
|Original title||The Broken Circle Breakdown|
|Year of production||2012|
|World première / first public presentation||2012-10-09|
|Cast||Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg, Nils de Caster, Robbie Cleiren, Bert Huysentruyt, Jan Bijvoet|
|Art director||Kurt Rigolle|
|Music||The Broken Circle Breakdown Band o.l.v. Bjorn Eriksson|
|Sound design||Michel Schöpping|
|Running time film||100'|
|Release format||ARRI Alexa|
|Other available formats||DCP, HD Cam, Digital betacam, dvd|
|Aspect ratio||1:2.35 (scope)|
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), NFF, Eurimages, Kinepolis Film Distribution, Lumière, vtm, Belgacom, btech, Connectimmo, Vanden Avenne Izegem, Kinepolis Multi, Free Record Shop Belgium, G. De Wilde, Game Mania, Tux, Saltoo
|Production partners||Topkapi Films|
|Tax shelter partners||the Tax Shelter of the Federal Government of Belgium, Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius|
2013: Berlin International Film Festival - Panorama Special (DE)
2012: Ghent International Film Festival (BE)
Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Alex van Warmerdam’s feature Borgman, a co-production with Flanders through Epidemic, are selected to compete in the official competition of this year’s Sydney Film Festival (5-16 June). The Sydney fest is one of the world’s longest-running festivals, its official competition presenting the Sydney Film Prize and $60,000 in cash.
When everything comes together there’s nothing to beat being a film producer. ‘Finding an audience with a good film is amazing,’ says Dirk Impens of Menuet. It’s a big kick. It’s orgasmic.’ Impens felt the love early on in his career with Daens, which was nominated for an Oscar, and more recently with Felix Van Groeningen’s The Misfortunates, which was a huge success at home and in festivals abroad. Van Groeningen’s latest, The Broken Circle Breakdown, rolls out internationally at the Berlinale.
However, Impens wasn't so sure it would happen with van Groeningen's most recent movie. Where The Misfortunates attracted a young audience with its mix of comic bad behaviour and deep emotion, The Broken Circle Breakdown is about a more sobering subject: a couple driven apart when their small daughter develops a terminal illness.
After the success of The Misfortunates at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 director Felix van Groeningen had plenty of offers. ‘A lot of scripts came in, but I stopped reading them because it made me very sad,’ he says. ‘It’s not my style, I can’t decide to make a movie like that. If I want to make something it has to start from inside.'
The kind of deep, emotional reaction he is talking about happened when he saw The Broken Circle Breakdown featuring the cover-ups of Alabama'. This musical stage play tells the story of Elise and Didier, two completely different people who are right for one another. She runs a tattoo parlour and he plays banjo in a bluegrass band. They fall in love, perform together and have a daughter, Maybelle. but when the little girl dies of cancer, they lose one another as well.
The Broken Circle Breakdown has won the Audience Award at the fourth edition of CPH PIX in Copenhagen (11-24 April). Felix Van Groeningen’s feature film scooped one of the mere two awards that are granted each year, the Politiken Audience Award and the New Talent Grand Prix that awards first feature films of promising directors. CPH PIX, together with its partner festival focusing on documentaries CPH:DOX, is one of the most renowned Scandinavian film fests.
In co-operation with the Danish newspaper Politiken, CPH PIX annually presents one film with the Politiken Audience Award. The festival audience choses the winner out of a pool of 10 contestants pre-selected from the CPH PIX programme, all of them having the potential to be distributed to Danish cinemas. Next to The Broken Circle Breakdown Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children, a co-production with Flanders via Prime Time, was also nominated.
This year’s fifth edition of Copenhagen’s CPH PIX Film Festival (11-24 April) presents three (co-)productions from Flanders. Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children are screening in the Politiken’s Audience Award spectrum, while Comrade Kim goes Flying, a co-production by Anja Daelemans, is selected for an Open Air film screening.
An intense drama, van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown is screening in the fest’s Politiken’s Audience Award section, which assembles a selection of 10 films which could fare well in Danish cinema distribution and also harbours Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children. The winning film is rewarded with support to be launched in Danish cinemas and will also be shown on Danish television.
Last edited on 11 February 2013