Felix van Groeningen’s feature film The Broken Circle Breakdown took the Audience Award at the Haugesund International Film Festival of Norway (15-22 August). An audience jury, composed by Norwegian newspaper Haugesunds Avis, chose the intense bluegrass drama as its favourite. Earlier this year, The Broken Circle Breakdown scooped CPH PIX’s Audience Prize as well.
Presented under its Scandinavian title Alabama & Monroe, the film screened in Haugesund’s main programme. The festival praised the film for employing a non-linear storytelling structure and its musical score: ‘the most apt film music since Into The Wild. Felix van Groeningen has created an uncompromising, sincere and rarely matched emotional roller coaster.’
The Broken Circle Breakdown portrays the story of Elise and Didier. She’s a tattoo artist, he’s a bluegrass musician, although they’re both fascinated by each other’s passions. But when their six-year-old daughter becomes seriously ill, their diverging views on life come to the surface.
After Steve + Sky, With Friends Like These... and The Misfortunates, The Broken Circle Breakdown is van Groeningen’s fourth feature. Since its world premiere late last year, the film has done remarkably well on the international festival scene, starting by grabbing the Panorama Audience Award and the Europa Cinemas Label at this year’s Berlinale. The Broken Circle Breakdown went on to win awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, CPH PIX and the Festroia Film Festival, among others. In Karlovy Vary, Felix van Groeningen was lauded as one of Variety’s Euro Directors to Watch. While still in the running for the European Parliament’s LUX Prize, the film is also nominated for 10 Ensors, the most prominent Flemish Film Awards.
Internationally represented by The Match Factory, The Broken Circle Breakdown has been sold around the world with upcoming releases scheduled for France, Norway and the United States.
Based on the theatre play The Broken Circle Breakdown featuring the Cover-Ups of Alabama, the script of the film was written by Felix van Groeningen and Carl Joos. Ruben Impens was taken on board as DOP while Nico Leunen took care of editing. Producer is Dirk Impens of Ghent-based powerhouse Menuet (In Flanders Fields, Mont Blanc, Code 37).