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Troia International Film Festival, FesTroia 2013

The Broken Circle Breakdown
"The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Felix van Groeningen)

The 29th edition of Festroia took place from 7 to 16 June 2013 in the picturesque Portuguese town of Setúbal, located around 40 kilometres south of Lisbon and opposite the narrow holiday peninsula of Troia, which gave the festival its name and where it originally took place from 1985 to 1995 before moving to Setúbal. Fernanda Silva has headed the festival since the death of its founder, Mário Ventura. The Official Section comprised 15 films (one of them out of competition), most of which were produced in European countries of limited film production, defined as producing less than 30 features per year. In addition to the Official Section, Festroia featured directorial debuts in the First Works Section, ecologically oriented films in Man and his Environment, romantic Love Films, a Juvenile Programme, an extensive section of Portuguese films, a Panorama section as well as numerous short films in the different sections. This year’s edition presented an extensive Homage to Belgian Cinema, which the many Belgian guests, including veteran actor Jan Decleir, celebrating his own Homage, confirmed was the largest selection of Belgian films ever in a film festival and which deservedly scooped up the most awards.

Despite the financial constraints resulting from the current economic crisis — the festival has lost 30 to 40 percent of its sponsorship from private companies — Festroia was once again marked by traditional Portuguese hospitality and generosity towards its numerous guests, thanks in large part to continued support by the municipality and by the MEDIA Programme in Brussels. (Stephen Locke)

Festroia (Setúbal, Portugal, 7-16 June 2013). Jury: Stephen Locke (Germany), Marie-Pauline Mollaret (France), José Ramón Otero (Spain). FIPRESCI Prize: The Broken Circle Breakdown, directed by Felix van Groeningen (Belgium 2012), featured in the Official Section. Print source: The Match Factory (Cologne, Germany, Balthasarstraße 79-81, 50670). Tel: +49 221 539709, e-mail:, web:

Motivation: An unconventional tale of a couple coping with loss, a timeless story of love and sorrow highlighted with traditional bluegrass music. With this award, the FIPRESCI Jury also wishes to acknowledge the diversity and originality of Belgian films, as featured in the Homage to Belgian Cinema.


Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Stephen Locke reviews the FIPRESCI award winner from Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown, by Felix van Groeningen. arrow.
Women and Violence: the Stereotypes Die Hard. Among the themes tackled by movies in the competition section of the 29th edition of Festroia, violence against women seems to have been the most recurrent: physical violence, often matched with sexual abuse, which evolves in the familial surroundings. Marie-Pauline Mollaret' report. arrow.
Conventional Films Cause Conventional Ideas. Setubal's film festival Festroia presented in this year's edition an official selection that can only be defined as imbalanced. There was a prevalence of Belgian film productions, Belgium being one of the sponsoring countries of the event through its official agency for film promotion Wallonie Bruxelles Images and the Audio Visual Flanders Fund (VAF). José Ramón Otero Roko's report. arrow.



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Troia 2013

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