The Broken Circle Breakdown is the new film by Felix van Groeningen, based on the stage play of the same name by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels. 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.
The film won two awards at the Tribeca Film Festival (best screenplay for a narrative feature film and best actress in a narrative feature film) and was the winner of the audience award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013. The Broken Circle Breakdown is also Belgium’s official submission to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language category.