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by Ben Travers
May 29, 2013 11:47 AM
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Tribeca Film Acquires Tribeca Fest Winner 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' For U.S. Distribution

"Broken Circle Breakdown"

A little more than a month after it won two awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Films has acquired the U.S. rights to "The Broken Circle Breakdown." Director Felix van Groeningen's fourth feature won Best Screenplay and Best Actress after snagging the Audience Award from the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year. The distributor plans a late 2013 theatrical release followed by a VOD-run on various platforms.

"[Producer] Dirk Impens and I are really thrilled that our movie will play for American audiences, especially after the warm welcome the movie had when screening at the Tribeca Film Festival," said van Groeningen. "We feel that Tribeca Film is the best home for our movie, with their great team of passionate people."

The film follows a tattoo shop owner (Didier Bontinck) and a banjo player (Best Actress winner Elise Vandevelde) who fall for each other despite their differences. The romantic melodrama features a bluegrass soundtrack the producers hope helps the film catch on here in the States.


  • Joe Tyrrell | May 29, 2013 3:26 PMReply

    Baetens plays a tattoo shop owner turned singer; Heldenberg is the musician. They're both excellent.

  • Jaqueline | May 29, 2013 1:29 PMReply

    The actress is Verlee Baetens and actor is Johan Heldenberg.
    Superb performances by both, been gushing over this film since I saw it at TriBeCa!

  • annebeth | May 29, 2013 12:15 PMReply

    the names you used for the actors are their character's names :)