The Broken Circle Breakdown wins at Hawaii

Felix van Groeningen’s film, one of the three finalists for the LUX Prize, has just been honoured with the Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale Award for Best Film, at the Hawaii International Film Festival (October 10 – 20).
                     
The prize was awarded within the EuroCinema Hawaii section, which also included films like Bernardo Bertolucci’s Me and You and Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria in its list of winners.
 
The Broken Circle Breakdown – the heart-breaking melodrama of Elise and Didier, their love story, tragedy and struggle to cope with it - adds a new prize to its already highly successful festival season. It has already won the Panorama Award and the Label Europa Cinemas Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Audience Awards at festivals such as Montreal and Copenhagen.
 
The film will be travelling across Europe during the LUX Film Days alongside the other two finalists of the LUX Prize: Valeria Golino’s Miele and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant. The winner will be announced on December 11 in Strasbourg. Also, for the second time this year, there will be a Public Mention, which will be decided by the audience by voting on the LUX Prize website or Facebook page.
 
Van Groeningen’s career as a filmmaker started in 2004 with his first film Steve + Sky, after having studied audio-visual arts in Ghent. Nonetheless, he did not gain international recognition until his third feature, The Misfortunates, was presented in 2009 in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. After the success of his story of a boy struggling to grow up surrounded by alcohol, trash and a useless family, Groeningen decided to adapt a Flemish play for his next effort. The Broken Circle Breakdown, his most successful film to date, will also represent Belgium in the Oscar race.
 
Are there more awards for The Broken Circle Breakdown on the way?
 
Photo: Hawaii International Film Festival