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'Broken Circle Breakdown' Director Sets Up Next Project with Schoenaerts

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 17, 2014 at 7:52PM

Felix van Groeningen will follow up the Oscar-nominated "Broken Circle Breakdown" with drama "Belgica" with Belgium's hottest star, Cesar-winner Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone") opposite Stef Aerts ("Oxygen").
Matthias Schoenaerts
Matthias Schoenaerts

When I asked writer-director Felix van Groeningen what he would do after the Oscar-nominated "Broken Circle Breakdown," he insisted he's stick close to home. And so he has. His next project is drama "Belgica" with Belgium's hottest star, Cesar-winner Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone") opposite Stef Aerts ("Oxygen"). 

Belgica, Groeningen’s fifth feature film, is a family drama set in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene.  Two brothers who open up a successful bar get swept up in its early success. Groeningen wrote the script with his "With Friends Like These" co-writer Arne Sierens. Groeningen will reteam with a number of his collaborators from "The Broken Circle Breakdown." Menuet returns as producer in coproduction with Topkapi and Pyramide Productions, along with longtime producer Dirk Impens, director of photography Ruben Impens, and editor Nico Leunen. Principal photography will begin this Fall in Belgium.

"The Broken Circle Breakdown" is also up the César Award for Best Foreign Language film. Groeningen is currently represented by CAA along with Schoenaerts and Management 360. World sales for Belgica will be handled by The Match Factory.

This article is related to: Broken Circle Breakdown, Oscars

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.