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BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, The

Belgium, 2012 (MIFF 2013, International Panorama)

Director: Felix van Groeningen

"Intensely moving … a bracing emotional roller coaster." - Hollywood Reporter

A huge hit in its native Belgium and winner of the Berlin Panorama's Audience Award, Felix van Groeningen's (The Misfortunates, MIFF 2009) fourth feature is an out-and-out tearjerker.

When two unconventional star-crossed lovers, Elise (a tattoo artist) and Didier (a banjo-playing cowboy), find out their young daughter has a terminal illness, the strength of their relationship is put to the test.

Using a beautifully edited, non-linear structure, the film crisscrosses between key moments in the couple's past and the increasingly desperate events in their present. Shot in widescreen to showcase the gorgeous Flemish countryside, the film is elevated to something much more than melodrama with the help of a fabulous soundtrack of American bluegrass.

Panorama Audience Award winner at the 2013 Berlinale.

"Local star Baetens, covered in tattoos, is mesmerizing." - Variety

D Felix van Groeningen P Dirk Impens S Felix van Groeningen, Carl Joosq Dist Hopscotch L Flemish, English w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012

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