New York, NY – May 29, 2013 – Tribeca Film today announced it has acquired all U.S. rights to director Felix van Groeningen’s (Cannes entry The Misfortunates) bluegrass-infused drama The Broken Circle Breakdown. A late 2013 theatrical release is planned for the film which is written by Carl Joos and van Groeningen and produced by Dirk Impens. A box office hit when it opened in Belgium this past fall, the film recently played in competition at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, where writers Joos and van Groeningen won Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Film and lead actress Veerle Baetens won Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film. Earlier this year it won the Panorama Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage — but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order. The Broken Circle Breakdown will later be released on demand platforms where it will be available in more than 50 million homes in the U.S. through a variety of video-on-demand offerings, as well as iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, VUDU, Xbox, Google Play and YouTube. The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Nick Savva, Director of Acquisitions and Alison Diviney, Acquisitions Manager, and The Match Factory’s Brigitte Suarez on behalf of the filmmakers.
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