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. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.

The Broken Circle Breakdown, which won awards at Berlin and Tribeca Film Fest, is opening in theaters around the country starting on November 1st at Sunshine in NYC. Check out the full list of theaters and release dates below.

Meanwhile, catch the movie before then and for FREE at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on October 30. Like all BrooklynVegan free screenings at the Knit, seats are first come, first served. We set up seats, pull down the screen in front of the stage, and it looks and sounds great. Come join us.

Broken Circle Band

Speaking of how it sounds, the movie's original soundtrack, previously available in other countries, is now avaiable in the U.S. and streaming at Spotify...

The soundtrack was crafted by the film's composer Björn Eriksson, who took existing bluegrass songs and created new arrangements while also writing new songs for the film. Lead actors Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh perform their own songs and are part of the off-screen Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band, whose European tour is sold out through 2014. The full band also includes Eriksson, Nils De Caster (violin, mandolin, vocals), Karl Eriksson (banjo, vocals), Thomas De Smet (bass) and Bert Van Bortel (guitar, madolin, vocals).

iCheck out the full soundtrack track listing, along with the film's trailer and other screening locations, below...

The Broken Circle Breakdown - Official U.S. Trailer - Tribeca Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
1. Will the Circle Be Unbroken - The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band
2. The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn - The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band
3. Dusty Mixed Feelings - Björn Eriksson
4. Wayfaring Stranger - The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band
5. Rueben's Train - The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band
6. Country In My Genes - The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band
7. Further On Up The Road - The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band
8. Where Are You Heading, Tumbleweed? - Björn Eriksson
9. Over In The Gloryland - The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band
10. Cowboy Man - The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band
11. If I Needed You - The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band
12. Carved Tree In - Björn Eriksson
13. Sandmountain - The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band
14. Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us - The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band
15. Blackberry Blossom - The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band

BrooklynVegan Free Screening: Oct 30, 2013 @ Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, 7pm, First come, first served.

The Broken Circle Breakdown Theatrical Opening Dates:
New York: Sunshine Cinema - opens November 1
Los Angeles: Nuart - opens November 8
Boston: Kendall Square - opens November 15
Washington: E Street - opens November 15
Philadelphia: Ritz Bourse - opens November 15
Irvine: University 6 - opens November 15
San Francisco: Clay Theater - opens November 22
Berekely: Shattuck 10 - opens November 22
San Diego: Ken Cinema - opens November 22
Dallas: Magnolia 5 - opens November 22
Atlanta: Midtown Art - opens December 6
Denver: Chez Artiste - opens December 6
Austin: Arbor 8 - opens December 6
Phoenix: Camelview - opens December 6
Portland: Regal Fox Tower - opens December 6
San Jose: Camera 3 Cinema - opens December 6
Fort Wayne: Cinema Center - opens December 6
Santa Fe: Jean Cocteau - opens December 6
Monterey: Osio Cinemas - opens December 6
Santa Cruz: The Nickelodeon - Opens December 6
Ft Worth: Modern Art Museum - opens December 20
Columbus: Gateway Film Center - opens January 17

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