BEAUTIFUL BOY
2018, Amazon Studios, 120 min, USA, Dir: Felix Van Groeningen

Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen’s (THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN) moving drama is based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and Tweak by his son, Nic Sheff, offering two points of view on the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. As father and son, Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet lead an outstanding cast that includes Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan. “Scrupulous and tenderly wounding - a drama that seizes and holds you. It’s a compelling movie whether or not it happens to speak to you personally, yet you can bet that a lot of people who have stood by and watched members of their families succumb to drug addiction are going to want to see it.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety.


BELGICA
2016, Kinepolis Film, 127 min, Belgium, Dir: Felix Van Groeningen

Director Felix Van Groeningen’s follow-up to THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN is this tumultuous tale of sibling rivalry. Two brothers (Stef Aerts and Tom Vermeir) who have nothing in common open a bar that quickly becomes a regular hangout for nighthawks - but their newfound success doesn’t make running a family business any less complicated. Illuminated by vibrant nightlife sequences, BELGICA won the World Cinema – Dramatic directing award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In Dutch with English subtitles.


THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
2012, Tribeca Film, 111 min, Belgium, Dir: Felix Van Groeningen

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. THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, directed and co-written by Felix van Groeningen, is a portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of bluegrass music. Previously screened as part of our monthly Recent Belgian Cinema series, this heartbreaking romantic drama is a 2014 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film. In Flemish and English with English subtitles.


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