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Festival Fave & Belgium's Oscar Entry 'Broken Circle Breakdown' Leads European Film Awards Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2013 9:41 AM
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The Broken Circle Breakdown
If there's one movie you might hear The Playlist prattling on about in the next few weeks, it's Felix van Groeningen's "Broken Circle Breakdown." Having already won the heart of Jessica Kiang when it hit Karlovy Vary earlier this year, I saw it this past week and was equally taken with the moving, messy, ambitious and beautiful film that has already received awards at both the Berlin Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. And the film's list of honors may continue at the Oscars, where it's Belgium's entry, but first it's stopping at European Film Awards, where it's leading the pack of nominees.

Review: Surprising, Beautiful Berlin Film Fest Winner 'Broken Circle Breakdown'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 1, 2013 5:48 PM
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An immaculately observed, desperately moving story of love, loss, and bluegrass music, it's easy to see why Belgian film "The Broken Circle Breakdown" has been picking up awards: Best Actress and Best Screenplay from Tribeca and the Audience Award and the Europa Cinemas Award from Berlin. While Felix von Groeningen's film, which centers around a couple whose child is diagnosed with cancer, could easily have strayed into maudlin territory, the deft, non-chronological structure and the constantly surprising, beautiful performances—both acting and the musical—elevate it well clear of any Movie of the Week associations.

Exclusive: Tattoos Tell A Story In Clip From Belgium's Oscar Entry 'Broken Circle Breakdown'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 11:00 AM
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Broken Circle Breakdown
With the days getting shorter, and the months colder, it means it's the season for thoughtful dramas and character-driven stories at the movies. It also means that with the awards season in full swing, some of the best movies from around the world will be getting a chance to shine, and one that has picked up buzz all year long is "Broken Circle Breakdown." After winning awards at both the Berlin Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival (among others), you'll finally get a chance to experience for yourself what all the good word has been about.

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