This year’s LUX Prize, awarded by the European Parliament, was given to Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown. The director collected the award during the Plenary Chamber in Strasbourg today. Until last night, members of Parliament could vote for one of the three finalists, also including Valeria Golino’s Miele (Italy-France) and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant (UK).
Three months after the announcement of the finalists at the Venice Days, the film award of the European Parliament was handed out toThe Broken Circle Breakdown.
The Washington DC Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced its annual winners and chose The Broken Circle Breakdown as Best Foreign Language Film. Felix van Groeningen’s bluegrass drama thus trumps Cannes-laureates as Blue Is The Warmest Colourand The Hunt.
Early December, the 58 members of the Washington DC Film Critics Association cast their votes in 18 categories. As one of five nominees in the Foreign Language Film section, Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown encountered strong contenders with Palme d’Or-winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour and three Oscar-entries.
Veerle Baetens has received the award for Best Actress at the European Film Awards for her role in Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown. Director Tom Van Avermaet was also summoned to the stage; he collected the statue for Best European Short with Death of a Shadow. The European Film Awards are internationally considered as the European equivalent of the Academy Awards. This year’s ceremony took place in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Germany.
Van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown sees Veerle Baetens as Elise, a tattoo-artist who bonds with Didier, a bluegrass banjo player, over their shared enthusiasm for American culture and music. They dive headfirst into a sweeping romance off and on stage, but an unexpected tragedy hits their new family.
Six promising young filmmakers have been awarded a wildcard, handed out by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) through its annual VAF wildcard competition. Maaike Neuville’s Sonnet 81 and Deben Van Dam’s The Way Of All Flesh were laureled among the fiction shorts; Juliette Joffé received a documentary wildcard for Maybe Darkness, as did Hannes Verhoustraete for 28 Rue Brichaut. This year’s animation wildcard went to Nienke Deutz for One, Two, Three, Piano! while Miki Ambrózy’s Fabric of Timeearned him a wildcard in the filmlab section of the competition.
The wildcard competition organised by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund has already proven its value over the last few years. Its history includes previous winners such as Tom Van Avermaet (Death of a Shadow), Sahim Omar Kalifa (Land of the Heroes, Baghdad Messi), Gust Van den Berghe (Little Baby Jesus of Flandr, Blue Bird) and Gilles Coulier (Iceland, Mont Blanc).
Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown has won the Audience Award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (15 November-1 December). This is now the 40th award so far for the intense bluegrass drama, whose slate also includes eight audience awards.
The Broken Circle Breakdown returns from Estonia with the festival’s Audience Award, worth €2,000. The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in Northern Europe and, in addition to its main competition, embraces a cluster of events accommodating three sub-festivals.
Stijn Coninx’ latest feature Marina, released in Belgian theatres early November, has reached over 200,000 visitors so far. Meanwhile, Jan Verheyen’s courtroom drama The Verdict is approaching 350,000 admissions seven weeks after its release in its home territory. Flemish production company Eyeworks Film & TV Drama produced both films.
Based on the childhood memories of Italian-Belgian singer and accordion player Rocco Granata,Marina was released in Belgium on 6 November. For the second consecutive week, the film’s been maintaining a solid first position in the national box office, holding off competition from international blockbusters such as Turbo, The Counselor and Gravity.
Vincent Bal’s feature film The Zigzag Kid has won a Golden Elephant for Best Screenplay at the International Children’s Film Festival in India. The award winners were revealed at the festival’s official awards ceremony which took place at the end of the seven-day festival in Hyderabad.
The Zigzag Kid had already proved itself to be a crowd pleaser among young film lovers. The film received its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and went on to open the Generation programme at this year’s Berlinale.
Peter Monsaert has been honoured as Best Director at the Ourense Film Festival in Spain (16-24 November). His feature debut Offline also received the festival’s Audience Award.
First-time helmer Peter Monsaert sees the Ourense awards as a confirmation of his own belief that he has created a universal story with Offline, in which recognisable human emotions form the basic ingredients.
Nicolas Provost’s short film Tokyo Giants has nabbed the main prize at Zinebi – the International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao (15-22 November). This is the second award in the space of seven days for Tokyo Giants, which also screened at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles last week.
Set in the hyper kinetic streets of Tokyo, the short film is the final chapter in Provost’s Plot Point trilogy. After Plot Point (2007), for which the filmmaker shot on the streets of New York, and Stardust (2010), which was filmed in Las Vegas, he took his hidden camera to Tokyo in search of the mystery of reality.
Gert Embrechts’ feature film Allez, Eddy! received the Prize for Best Film for Young Children at the awards ceremony of the Juniorfest – International Children’s and Youth Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
Since its release one and a half years ago, Allez, Eddy! is still going strong on the international festival circuit. Earlier this month the film was named Best International Children’s Film in Brazil, in October it was nominated for the Cinekid Jury Award in the Netherlands and last summer the film scooped an Audience Award in Long Island as well as an Honourable Mention in Italy.