Broken Circle Breakdown wins César, misses Oscar

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The Flemish film The Broken Circle Breakdown won France’s foreign film award but lost the Oscar to Italy

We have “conquered the world”, says director

The Flemish film The Broken Circle Breakdown won the César last Friday evening for Best Foreign Feature. The Césars are France’s annual national awards, the highest film honour in the country. One of the film’s leads, Johan Heldenberg, was on hand to accept the award (pictured) in the absence of director Felix Van Groeningen, who was in LA preparing for the Academy Awards.

“It’s a very special prize,” said Heldenbergh after the ceremony. “It’s the first Flemish film to ever win it.” Known as Alabama Monroe in France, the film beat such contenders as space adventure Gravity, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and Italy’s La Grande bellezza

It couldn’t beat that last film, however, at the Academy Awards last night, where the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film went to the Italian favourite. “I was indeed a bit disappointed,” said Van Groeningen after the ceremony. “But this whole experience has been great. … The Broken Circle Breakdown has conquered the world, and maybe over the next few years we’ll win an Oscar. I hope so, and I believe we will.”
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The Flemish film The Broken Circle Breakdown won France’s highest film honour over the weekend but lost the Oscar to Italy.

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Flemish cinema

Thanks to a federal tax shelter system, support from the Flemish Audiovisueel Fund and the rise of a new generation of talented filmmakers, Flemish cinema has been riding the crest of a wave since the mid-2000s with distinctly locally flavoured features that have appealed to both crowds and critics.
Loft - With more than one million viewers, Erik Van Looy’s Loft was the most successful movie ever made in Flanders.
Bullhead - In 2012, Michaël R Roskam’s directorial debut Rundskop (Bullhead) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film.
Names - Well-known current Flemish directors include Erik Van Looy, Jan Verheyen, Michaël R Roskam, Fien Troch and Felix Van Groeningen.
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