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Belleville Rendez-Vous scoops the first BBC FOUR World Cinema Award

Belleville Rendez-Vous – the delightful French animation tale from Sylvain Chomet - has won the first BBC FOUR World Cinema Award.

The story follows Madame Souza's search for her grandson, Champion, a young cyclist kidnapped whilst racing in the Tour De France.

Her quest takes her to Belleville where the Triplets of Belleville – a singing sensation trio from years gone by - offer their assistance.

On winning the award, director Sylvain Chomet said: "I'm delighted and honoured, especially when I consider the mind-boggling array of talent Belleville was up against in the pool of contenders.

"It's particularly touching to be recognised by an establishment for which I have a great deal of respect and admiration.

"The BBC FOUR World Cinema Award accolade is one that I will truly treasure."

This is the first year of the BBC FOUR World Cinema Award, an award that celebrates the wealth of contemporary international film-making and the channel's commitment to international cinema.

It was announced in November 2003 and experts and viewers were invited to nominate their favourite international film.

Today (24 January 2004) Bjork, Robert Carlyle, Alex Cox and Mike Figgis joined host Jonathan Ross to debate and discuss the shortlisted foreign-language films.

The six shortlisted films were: Belleville Rendez-Vous; City of God; Etre et Avoir; Good Bye, Lenin!; Spirited Away; The Man Without a Past.

Fernando Meirelles' exhilarating film City Of God won the Audience Award – voted for by viewers at home.

Notes to Editors

BBC FOUR is a free-to-air digital channel and aims to broadcast at least one new or classic foreign-language film every week.

The winter season has started with a celebration of international films in the Saturday Cinema slot.

International film premieres on BBC FOUR this year include:

The Son's Room - a moving film by Italian director Nanni Moretti;

a story of friendship in the Japanese film Take Care Of My Cat;

the Academy Award-winning No Man's Land, set during the Bosnian War in 1993;

and the innocence of childhood destroyed by the struggles of living on the streets of Casablanca in Ali Zaoua, Prince De La Rue.

BBC FOUR has established itself as the home of World Cinema on UK television, and works with distributors to help the theatrical release of a wide range of international films including the shortlisted The Man Without A Past and Good Bye Lenin!

Related releases

Robert Carlyle, Bjork, Mike Figgis and Alex Cox join Jonathan Ross for the first BBC FOUR World Cinema Award (08.01.04)

Jonathan Ross to present the BBC FOUR World Cinema Awards (12.11.03)

BBC FOUR announces new award for best foreign language film of 2003 (22.01.03)

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