Belgium’s official Oscar-contender for this year The Broken Circle Breakdown keeps on charming festival audiences around the world with another two audience awards in Seville, Spain and Key West, Florida.

The Broken Circle BreakdownFelix van Groeningen’s intense bluegrass drama won the Audience Grand Prix in the EFA selection at the Seville European Film Festival (8-16 November). It was the now eight-year-old actress Nell Catrysse, performing as Elise and Didier’s daughter Maybelle in the film, who collected the prize in Seville. The film screened there as part of the EFA selection, after the European Film Academy recently announced its nominations revealing that The Broken Circle Breakdown is the only film this year who’s nominated in all main categories (Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress).

Likewise, The Broken Circle Breakdown also took home the Best Foreign Feature Film Audience Award at the Key West Film Festival (13-17 November) that annually takes place in Key West, Florida. It the festival’s main objective to present audiences a wide range of local and world cinema.

Further on, the bluegrass love story between a Flemish cowboy and a tattoo artist who fall in love at first sight but have to fight togehter when their little girl becomes seriously ill, is doing very well in French theatres too. Screening as Alabama Monroe, the film already attracted 200,000 visitors so far, making it one the most successful film from Flanders released in France.

Felix van Groeningen and Carl Joos wrote the screenplay of The Broken Circle Breakdown, based on the theatre play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels. Ruben Impens signed for the photography, while Nico Leunen worked his magic while editing. The Broken Circle Breakdown Band, led by Björn Eriksson, perfomed the film’s soundtrack. Dirk Impens of Ghent powerhouse Menuet (In Flanders Fields, The Misfortunates) produced the film with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

Published on Saturday 16 November 2013

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