organization Art Promotion



Belgium – 2012 – DCP – color – 111’


Direction: Felix Van Groeningen

Screenplay: Carl Joos, Felix Van Groeningen

Cinematography: Ruben Impens

Editing: Nico Leunen

Set design: Kurt Rigolle

Originale Original Soundtrack: TBCB Band

Costumes: Ann Lauwerys

Cast: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg, Nils De Caster, Robbie Cleiren, Bert Huysentruyt, Jan Bijivoet

Producer: Dirk Impens

Production: Menuet, Topkapi Films

Distribution: Satine Film



Elise and Didier live an overwhelming and passionate love story, with the rhythm of bluegrass music. Elise runs a tattoo studio, her great passion. For her, “there is always something in life that is worth putting on your body”: every tattoo is associated with her heart and emotions and Elise proudly flaunts it on her fragile body. Didier is instead always in love with America, which he identifies as a country of unlimited opportunities. For him it is a country for dreamers but, especially, the home for his much-loved bluegrass music, “the country music in its most pure version”, which Didier interprets playing the banjo in a band. And it is this shared passion for music that enhances the union of Elise and Didier: they perform together irresistible shows where any interpretation exudes love, complicity and passion. To realizing this perfect circle of happiness is the arrival of Maybelle, their beautiful daughter…




The Broken Circle Breakdown is the fourth feature film by Felix van Groeningen. Since graduating from the Ghent film Academy KASK in 2000, Felix Van Groeningen (1977) has realized some short films and written and directed various theatrical plays. In 2009, his film, The Misfortunates, was presented at the Directors’ Fortnight section from the International Film Festival of Cannes and has been a huge success with the critics and the public. The Broken Circle Breakdown also marks the fourth collaboration of Van Groeningen with the producer Dirk Impens of Menuet Film.

The distinguished Variety has identified Felix Van Groeningen as one of the “Ten Directors to Watch”.



“The structure of The Broken Circle Breakdown was created during the editing. There has always been the idea to alternate different moments during the life of Didier and Elise, but the concept of the screenplay was different from what it has become then at the end of the film.

This happens with almost all my films. My editor and long-time collaborator, Nico Leunen, is truly adept in this kind of storytelling, and my films have always benefited from it. I understand that this is due to the fact that my movies are not built around the story but they follow the emotions. And there are still many aspects that work differently on the screen compared to the way in which they appear on the paper. Bring into question everything during the editing phase has become, therefore, an inevitable part of my film making process”.



1999 Truth or dare (short)

2000 50 CC (short)

2001 Discoteque (multimedia theatre-performance)

2001 Bonjour Maman (short)

2004 Steve + Sky

2007 Dagen zonder lief (With Friends Like These)

2009 De helaasheid der dingen (The Misfortunates)

2012 The Broken Circle Breakdown 



2013 Berlinale -Panorama:  Audience Award

2013 Tribeca FF: Best Screenplay, Best Actress

2013 European Film Awards:  Best Actress

2013 Lux Prize: Film Vincitore Winner Film

2013 Satellite Awards:  Best Foreign Language Film

2013 Palm Springs IFF: Best Foreign Language Film

2014 Oscar:  nominated as Best Foreign Language Film