Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown has received the Audience Award of the LUX Prize competition during a special ceremony held at the International Film Festival of Karlovy Vary (4-12 July). In December 2013, the film won the main LUX Competition prize as voted on by members of the European Parliament.

The Broken Circle BreakdownThis marks the first time there has been an audience vote in the LUX competition, with viewers throughout Europe choosing one of three finalists (the other two contenders were Valeria Golino’s Miele and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant). Voting - on the LUX Prize website as well as a dedicated Facebook page – closed on June 2. Among those who voted, Iveta Kollarova from Slovakia, whose name was randomly chosen from among the voters, made the announcement in Karlovy Vary, symbolically bringing to an end the LUX Prize 2013. At the same time, the Official Selection of the 10 films nominated for this year’s Prize was unveiled. Among them is Alice Rohrwacher’s Cannes Competition entry The Wonders (Le meraviglie), starring Flemish actor Sam Louwyck (The Fifth Season, Bullhead, 22nd of May).

Since its international launch at the Berlinale in 2013, The Broken Circle Breakdown has won numerous awards, including the Berlin Panorama audience award, CPH:PIX’s audience award and both Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival. At the European Film Awards, Veerle Baetens was voted European Actress, while the film was also nominated for the Oscars and took home the French César for Best Foreign Film.

Felix van Groeningen and Carl Joos scripted The Broken Circle Breakdown, based on the stage play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels. Dirk Impens produced the film for production banner Menuet (In Flanders Fields, Deadline 14/10, The Misfortunates). The Broken Circle Breakdown received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

Published on Monday 7 July 2014