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'Broken Circle Breakdown' Leads European Film Award Nominations

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 9, 2013 at 12:19PM

One of the frontrunners for the foreign film Oscar is Belgian entry "Broken Circle Breakdown," which was a breakout hit in Belgium before it won the audience award at Berlin last February. The improbable bluegrass musical romance went on to delight global festival audiences, winning best screenplay at Tribeca. Now the Felix van Groeningen film leads the field with five nominations for the 26th European Film Awards.
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Pedro Almodovar's 'I'm So Excited'
Pedro Almodovar's 'I'm So Excited'

EUROPEAN FILM 2013

THE BEST OFFER

Italy, 130 min

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Giuseppe Tornatore 

PRODUCED BY: Isabella Cocuzza & Arturo Paglia


BLANCANIEVES

Spain/France, 104 min

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Pablo Berger

PRODUCED BY: Ibon Cormenzana, Jérôme Vidal & Pablo Berger


THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Belgium, 100 min

DIRECTED BY: Felix van Groeningen 

WRITTEN BY: Carl Joos & Felix van Groeningen 

PRODUCED BY: Dirk Impens


LA GRANDE BELLEZZA

THE GREAT BEAUTY

Italy/France, 140 min

DIRECTED BY: Paolo Sorrentino

WRITTEN BY: Paolo Sorrentino & Umberto Contarello

PRODUCED BY: Nicola Giuliano & Francesca Cima


OH BOY!

Germany, 83 min

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Jan Ole Gerster 

PRODUCED BY: Marcos Kantis & Alexander Wadouh


LA VIE D’ADELE: CHAPITRES 1 & 2 

ADELE: CHAPTERS 1 & 2

France, 179 min

DIRECTED BY: Adellatif Kechiche

WRITTEN BY: Abdellatif Kechiche & Ghalya Lacroix

PRODUCED BY: Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval & Abdellatif Kechiche

EUROPEAN COMEDY 2013


LOS AMANTES PASAJEROS

I’M SO EXCITED!

Spain, 90 min

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Pedro Almodóvar

PRODUCED BY: Agustín Almodóvar & Esther García


BENVENUTO PRESIDENTE!

WELCOME MR PRESIDENT!

Italy, 100 min

DIRECTED BY: Riccardo Milani

WRITTEN BY: Fabio Bonifacci

PRODUCED BY: Nicola Giuliano & Francesca Cima


DEN SKALDEDE FRISØR

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

Denmark, 111 min

DIRECTED BY: Susanne Bier

WRITTEN BY: Anders Thomas Jensen & Susanne Bier

PRODUCED BY: Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Vibeke Windeløv


SVECENIKOVA DJECA

THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN

Croatia/Serbia, 93 min

DIRECTED BY: Vinko Brešan

WRITTEN BY: Mate Matišić & Vinko Brešan

PRODUCED BY: Ivan Maloča

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2013

Pablo Berger for BLANCANIEVES

Felix van Groeningen for THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Abdellatif Kechiche for LA VIE D’ADELE (Adele)

François Ozon for DANS LA MAISON (In the House)

Paolo Sorrentino for LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)

Giuseppe Tornatore for THE BEST OFFER

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2013

Keira Knightley in ANNA KARENINA 

Veerle Baetens in THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Barbara Sukowa in HANNAH ARENDT

Naomi Watts in LO IMPOSIBLE (The Impossible)

Luminita Gheorghiu in POZITIA COPILULUI (Child's Pose)

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2013

Jude Law in ANNA KARENINA

Johan Heldenbergh in THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Fabrice Luchini in DANS LA MAISON (In the House)

Toni Servillo in LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)

Tom Schilling in OH BOY

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2013

Tom Stoppard for ANNA KARENINA   

Giuseppe Tornatore for THE BEST OFFER 

Carl Joos & Felix van Groeningen for THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

François Ozon for DANS LA MAISON (In the House)

Paolo Sorrentino & Umberto Contarello for LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)


This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Broken Circle Breakdown, Foreign, Best Foreign-Language Film


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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.