The Broken Circle Breakdown, the acclaimed intense romantic drama by director Felix van Groeningen, has been chosen as the official entry from Belgium for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category. US distributor Tribeca Film is planning to open the film in select theaters on 1 November.

The Broken Circle BreakdownThe Broken Circle Breakdown is a portrait of the great love affair between tattoo artist Elise (Veerle Baetens, The White Queen) and bluegrass musician Didier (Johan Heldenbergh). After bonding over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, they dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage – but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is put to the test.

Already a box office hit in several European territories where it was released, The Broken Circle Breakdown features a breakthrough performance by Tribeca Film Festival Best Actress winner Veerle Baetens and was directed by Felix van Groeningen, who co-wrote the award-winning screenplay with Carl Joos. The film also picked up the Panorama Audience Award at Berlin, the Best Screenplay Award at Tribeca, and nine Ensor Awards (including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Music) in Belgium. The production is also nominated for the People’s Choice Prize at the European Film Awards (to be presented in December 2013). Variety recently also selected van Groeningen as one of its '10 Euro Directors to Watch'.

The film’s soundtrack, scored by renowned composer Bjorn Eriksson, was number one in the soundtrack charts in the territories where it has been released and has become the best-selling soundtrack of all time in Belgium. Co-stars Baetens and Heldenbergh perform their own songs in the film, and are part of the offscreen Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band, whose European tour is sold out all through 2014.

Director of photography is Ruben Impens, while Nico Leunen signed for the editing. Jan Deca was responsible for the sound department, with Michael Schöpping in charge of sound design. Production designer is Kurt Rigolle, with Ann Lauwerys as costume designer and Diana Dreesen for make-up.

The Broken Circle Breakdown is produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet. The film received support from a.o. the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).

Published on Monday 23 September 2013