Berlin 2013: 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' Sells Globally

8:00 AM PST 02/16/2013 by Scott Roxborough

Felix van Groeningen’s drama won both the Europa Cinemas award and the Panorama Audience Award in Berlin.

BERLIN -- The Match Factory has notched several major territory deals for Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, one of this year's Berlin Film Festival's true crowd-pleasers.

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The drama has sold to more than 20 territories including Germany (Pandora Film), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), France (Bodega), Australia/New Zealand (EOne), Greece (Seven Films), Poland (Against Gravity), Ex-Yugoslavia (Demiurg), Sweden (Njutafilms), and South Korea (SY Comad).

The drama focuses on the love story between two very different people -- one a religious realist, the other a romantic atheist -- whose love and faith is tested when their daughter is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

It has proved a hit with critics -- the Europa Cinemas group of art house cinema owners gave it its best European film honor -- as well as audiences. Berlin viewers voted it the best fiction film in the Panorama section of the Berlinale last week.

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