Magazine article Screen International

Broken Circle Breakdown Wins Berlin Europa Cinemas Label

Magazine article Screen International

Broken Circle Breakdown Wins Berlin Europa Cinemas Label

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Belgian film The Broken Circle Breakdown has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Panorama section of the Berlinale.

The film, directed by Felix van Groeningen, will now receive support from the Europa Cinemas Network with promotion and incentives for exhibitors to extrend the film's run on screen.

The jury comprised four exhibitors from the Europa Cinemas Network:

Tanja Milicic - Kino Valli / Pula Film Festival (Croatia);

Gerardo De Vivo - Multicinema Modernissimo (Italy);

Anne Kellner - Lichtspieltheater Wundervoll (Germany);

Irina Efstratiou - Cine Astra (Greece).

A statement from the jury said: "Felix van Groeningen is a real film-maker. This is a beautiful and original way of looking at a mother and father's relationship with their terminally sick daughter.

"We especially liked the cinematography, the non-linear structure of the story, and the fact that he avoids easy emotional manipulation while dealing with a tough subject. The music from the parents' bluegrass band is not just the soundtrack but a source of energy and hope for everyone.

"The clear message is that we must invest in scientific research and not allow religion or politics to interfere."

Sold internationally by The Match Factory, the film is a Belgian/Dutch co-production between Menuet and Topkapi Films, Amsterdam. …

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