The Washington DC Film Critics Association (WAFCA) has announced its annual winners and named The Broken Circle Breakdownas Best Foreign Language Film, with Felix van Groeningen’s bluegrass drama trumping such Cannes laureates as Blue Is The Warmest Colour and The Hunt.

The Broken Circle BreakdownIn early December, the 58 members of the Washington DC Film Critics Association cast their votes in 18 categories. As one of five nominees in the Foreign Language Film section, The Broken Circle Breakdown encountered strong competition in the shape of Palme d’Or-winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour not to mention three Oscar entries in The Hunt (Denmark), The Past (Iran) and Wadjda (Saudi-Arabia).

Receiving the Best Foreign Language Film Award in Washington is another boost in this year’s Oscar race as The Broken Circle Breakdown is Belgium’s official entry this year. Last weekend, the film’s main actress, Veerle Baetens, was laureled at the European Film Awards in Berlin, internationally regarded as the European equivalent of the Academy Awards.

In late December, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will reveal its shortlist in the Foreign Language Film category. The official nominations are announced on 16 January, with the awards ceremony to take place on 2 March.

Released by Tribeca Films, The Broken Circle Breakdown is currently playing in selected theatres in some 20 US cities including Atlanta, Denver, Austin, Phoenix and Miami. In mid-December, the film opens in a dozen more cities with further screens scheduled for early 2014.

Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen scripted The Broken Circle Breakdown. Dirk Impens of production outfit Menuet produced the film and was able to count on the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

Published on Tuesday 10 December 2013