Felix van Groeningen’s bluegrass drama The Broken Circle Breakdown has won the prize for Best Foreign Feature at the César Awards Ceremony, overtaking international highfliers such as La grande bellezza, Blancanieves or Gravity. The Broken Circle Breakdown is also one of five nominees vying for a Foreign Language Oscar coming Sunday.
It was main actor Johan Heldenbergh, portraying bluegrass musician Didier in The Broken Circle Breakdown, who climbed the stage to collect the César for Best Foreign Feature.
Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short Baghdad Messi keeps on travelling the international festival scene with more than 15 new festival selections confirmed, among them Oscar-qualifying fests as Tampere, Bermuda and Cleveland.
Kalifa’s short about a group of Iraqi children awaiting the Champions League Finale is also set to screen at the Go Short International Short Film Festival in the Netherlands, the Kurdish Film Festival in Sweden, the Arab Film Festival in Berlin as well as the International Encounters of Arab Cinemas in France, amongst others.
French-Belgian co-production Jack & The Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla is one of the finalists for Cartoon Tributes, the awards for outstanding contribution to the development of European animation of the last year. Brussels-based animation hub Walking The Dog, which co-produced the feature for Flanders, is also among the nominees, vying for the award as producer of the year. The Cartoon Tributes will be announced on 7 March during Cartoon Movie in Lyon.
Divided into three categories – director, distributor and producer of the year – the Cartoon Tributes bring together the best European animated features as well as some of the continent’s most active companies within the industry.
Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown has won the award for Best International Film at the 18th annual Satellite Awards. The bluegrass-infused love story, nominated for the Academy Awards, outscored Oscar rivals such as Tomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt and Paolo Sorentino’s The Great Beauty. Other nominees also included the much acclaimed Blue is the Warmest Color and The Past.
Actors Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust and Bone, The Drop) and Stef Aerts (Oxygen, Madly in Love) are set to star in Belgica, Felix van Groeningen’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown.
The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene. Van Groeningen completed the script of Belgica together with Arne Sierens, who also co-wrote With Friends Like These.
The Generation 14plus international jury has presented the Grand Prix for best feature-length film to Bas Devos for his feature debutViolet, a visual account of a teenager’s mourning process. With the award comes a cash prize of 7,500 euro, endowed by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung.
Violet received the award ‘for its abstract exploration of emotions following a tragic death and because of its exquisite sculpture of cinematography’. The members of the international jury this year were Laura Astorga Carrera, Jan Soldat and N. Bird Runningwater.
Belgian actress Veerle Baetens is now a client of international talent agency ICM Partners. The news comes only days after director Felix van Groeningen got signed by an American agency as well.
Veerle Baetens stars in Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, which is nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category.
Today, on the third day of the Berlinale Co-Production Market, 11 literary works are to be presented during Books at Berlinale, a literary rights market where representatives from publishing houses and literary agents will pitch books that would make good films. One of the eleven projects is The Latecomer, the newest novel by Dimitri Verhulst, Flemish author of The Misfortunates.
Books at Berlinale, organised by the Berlinale and the Frankfurter Buchmesse since 2006, is the first literary rights market at an international A-festival and offers producers and filmmakers a chance to discover novels suited for film adaptations.
Bavo Defurne’s upcoming feature project Souvenir has won the VFF Highlight Pitch Award at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. All three nominees were pitched to the attending professionals at the co-production platform, with Souvenir taking the lead as most promising project. The prize earns the film a €10,000 grant for further development.
The Berlinale Co-Production Market had announced that Souvenir was among the nominees for the Highlight Pitch Award, which is given out annually by the German rights agency for film and television producers (VFF). When the project was pitched during the Talent Project Highlights today, it took home the competition main prize worth €10,000.
Wouter Bongaerts’ animated short film Mia has received the Canal+ Family ‘Coup de Coeur’ Award at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival (31 January-8 February), a new initiative between the festival and Canal+ Family which awards the best short film of the Young Audience Programme.
A special jury of 18 pupils of the Saint-Gervais-d’Auvergne College and a representative of French television chain Canal+ Family awarded the Canal+ Family ‘Coup de Coeur’ Award to Wouter Bongaerts’ Mia, lauding it as the best short film of the 50 or so films that were part of the Young Audience Programme this year.