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

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").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2014 7:52 PM
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Stream This: Belgian Oscar Nominee 'Broken Circle Breakdown'

If I were picking a foreign Oscar winner this year on the basis of what the entire Academy would like best, it would be Belgian entry "Broken Circle Breakdown," a sexy and tragic musical family drama adapted from a stage musical, featuring bluegrass music. Until now, it has not played in many theaters and has not been widely viewed by the Academy at large--who just got their five foreign screeners yesterday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2014 12:32 PM
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Box Office Prospects for the Foreign Language Oscar Contenders

For the final five for the Foreign Language Oscar, being in the public eye and getting attention is critical this year more than ever. For the first time, the Academy will send screeners of the final five to all voting members. In the past, only those who actually signed in to L.A. and N.Y. screenings and saw all five of the nominees were allowed to vote.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 18, 2014 1:03 PM
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Q&A: Director Felix van Groeningen Talks Oscar Nominated 'Broken Circle Breakdown'

Nominated for the foreign film Oscar is Belgian entry "Broken Circle Breakdown," a breakout hit in Belgium before it won the Panorama audience award at the Berlin Film Festival last February. The improbable bluegrass musical romance went on to delight global festival audiences, winning best screenplay at Tribeca. It had a limited release stateside this past November (Tomatometer ranking: 80%).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2014 10:07 AM
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'Broken Circle Breakdown' Leads European Film Award Nominations

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.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2013 12:19 PM
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