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by Felix van Groeningen


The intense love story between Elise (28) and Didier (36). She runs her own tattoo shop and he is a Flemish cowboy playing the banjo in a small band. It’s love at first sight for them… although they are poles apart. Chalk and cheese, completely different and yet perfectly compatible. When their daughter Maybelle is born, their happiness is complete. Then tragedy strikes and Maybelle dies. Didier loses himself in anger and Elise seeks comfort...

international title: The Broken Circle Breakdown
original title: The Broken Circle Breakdown
country: Belgium
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Felix van Groeningen
film run: 100'
release date: BE 24/10/2012, NL 13/12/2012, DE 25/04/2013, FR 28/08/2013, PL 30/08/2013, SE 06/09/2013, GB 18/10/2013, DK 31/10/2013, HU 21/11/2013, IT 08/05/2014
screenplay: Carl Joos, Felix van Groeningen
cast: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh
cinematography by: Ruben Impens
film editing: Yoohan Leyssens
art director: Kurt Rigolle
costumes designer: Ann Lauwerys
producer: Dirk Impens
co-producer: Frans Van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings
production: Menuet, Topkapi Films
backing: MEDIA Programme
distributor: Kinepolis Film Distribution, September Film Distribution, Pandora Film Distribution, Bodega Films, Satine Film, Njutafilms, Independenta Film
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main awards/selection

Berlinale 2013 Panorama Special
CPH PIX 2013 Audience Award
Tribeca Film Festival 2013 
Seattle International Film Festival 2013 
Festival du Film de Cabourg 2013 
Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2013 
La Rochelle International Film Festival 2013 
Paris Cinéma 2013 
Two Riversides Film and Art Festival 2013 
Sarajevo Film Festival 2013 
Film by the Sea Film Festival 2013 
Quebec City Film Festival 2013 
Vancouver International Film Festival 2013 
Hamptons International Film Festival 2013 
Hawaii Film Festival 2013 
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2013 
Stockholm International Film Festival 2013 
St. Louis International Film Festival 2013 
Osaka European Film Festival 2013 

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