The Broken Circle Breakdown
Felix van Groeningen, Belgium, 2012
Directed by: Felix van Groeningen
Script: Carl Joos, Felix Van Groeningen
Producer: Dirk Impens, Frans Van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings
Production company: Menuet Producties, Topkapi Films
Cinematography: Ruben Impens
Editing: Nico Leunen
Cast: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert van Rampelberg, Nils de Caster, Robby Cleiren, Bert Huysentruyt, Jan Bijvoet
Format: DCP
Running time: 100'

Didier and Elise’s relationship is stormy and passionate; it’s love at first sight. Didier plays the banjo in a bluegrass band, lives in a caravan in the Belgian countryside and idolises America as the ‘land of the free’. Elise owns her own tattoo parlour. Her body is plastered with pictures – little mementos of past lovers whose names have been carefully covered with new tattoos. Before long their lives become closely intertwined. Elise sings in Didier’s band and they soon get a daughter, little Maybelle, with whom they move into a lovingly if unconventionally restored country house. This film accompanies Elise and Didier on their rollercoaster ride through life; through days filled with their love for music and their mutual passion.

Awards and Festivals
Berlin International Film Festival 2013 – Panorama Special Audience Award, Europa Cinema Label Best European Film
The Ensor Awards of Flemish Cinema 2013 - Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Costumes, Best Artistic Direction
Tribeca Film Festival 2013
LUX Prize 2013 Official Selection Competition

Directors Biography
Felix van Groeningen was born in Gent, Belgium in 1977. He completed his studies at KASK in Gent in 2002 with M.A. in visual arts. This was followed by a number of short films and he also wrote and directed theatre plays whilst working as an actor. Eventually, Felix decided to return to film and has since made three feature films with producer Dirk Impens. His films include 'Bonjour Maman' (2001), 'With Friends Like These' (2007), 'The Misfortunates' (2009).

Location and screening schedule: MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Sunday, October 27th at 21.00