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The Broken Circle Breakdown


With director Felix Van Groeningen in person

Dir. Felix Van Groeningen. 2013, 111 mins. DCP courtesy of Tribeca Film. With Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh. Belgium’s official entry for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar, and a multiple award winner at the Berlin and Tribeca film festivals, The Broken Circle Breakdown is an intensely moving, bluegrass-infused portrait of a relationship. 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—but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. The film is adapted from a play written by lead actor Johan Heldenbergh. “A sure-fire, tear-jerking, audience pleaser, this engaging and moving film wears it heart resolutely on its sleeve, blending love, friendship, grief and drama with some romping and rousing bluegrass tunes.” (Mark Adams, Screen International). Director Felix Van Groeningen (The Misfortunates) will be present for a discussion following the screening.

Tickets: $15 public / $9 Museum members / free for Silver Screen members and above. Order online or call 718 777 6800 to reserve tickets.