Director: Felix Van Groeningen
Writer(s): Johan Heldenbergh, Mieke Dobbels, Carl Joos, Felix Van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch
Cast: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh and Nell Cattrysse
Awards: Won Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival
Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage — but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.
“This Belgian drama is the real deal, an alternately wrenching and ecstatic viewing experience, adapted from a play by lead actor Johan Heldenbergh.”-Sara Stewart, New York Post