Felix van Groeningen's Academy Award-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown is among the seven films nominated for the César for Best Foreign Film, it was announced today. France's Oscar equivalents, the Césars will be presented on 28 February in the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Released in France as Alabama Monroe, The Broken Circle Breakdown is the all-time highest grossing Dutch-language Belgian film in French history.
The Broken Circle Breakdown has gathered international acclaim, winning close to 50 prestigious awards including the Best Actress prize at the European Film Awards and Tribeca Film Festival, Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Film at Tribeca and the Best Foreign Language Film from the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. At the Palm Springs International Film Festival earlier this month, the Fipresci jury selected The Broken Circle Breakdown as the Best Foreign Language Film. Felix van Groeningen has also been named one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch.”
The Broken Circle Breakdown will also play at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival next week.
Based on a hit play, the film is the story of the marriage between a tattoo artist (Veerle Baetens) and a bluegrass musician (Johan Heldenbergh), who connect over a shared enthusiasm for American music and culture. They dive headfirst into a sweeping romance, but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. A thrilling bluegrass score weaves together old and newly-written tunes and has become the best-selling soundtrack of all time in Belgium.
Co-stars Baetens and Heldenbergh are also part of the off-screen Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band, whose European tour is sold out all through 2014.
The Broken Circle Breakdown is produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet and was backed by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). Tribeca Film released the film in the US on 1 November with Los Angeles following on 8 November.