Rendez-Vous scoops the first BBC FOUR World Cinema Award
the delightful French animation tale from Sylvain Chomet
- has won the first BBC FOUR World Cinema Award.
story follows Madame Souza's search for her grandson, Champion,
a young cyclist kidnapped whilst racing in the Tour De France.
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.
particularly touching to be recognised by an establishment for which
I have a great deal of respect and admiration.
BBC FOUR World Cinema Award accolade is one that I will truly treasure."
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.
was announced in November 2003 and experts and viewers were invited
to nominate their favourite international film.
(24 January 2004) Bjork, Robert Carlyle, Alex Cox and Mike Figgis
joined host Jonathan Ross to debate and discuss the shortlisted
six shortlisted films were: Belleville
Rendez-Vous; City of God; Etre et Avoir; Good Bye, Lenin!; Spirited
Away; The Man Without a Past.
Meirelles' exhilarating film City Of God won the Audience
Award voted for by viewers at home.
FOUR is a free-to-air digital channel and aims to broadcast at least
one new or classic foreign-language film every week.
winter season has started with a celebration of international films
in the Saturday Cinema slot.
film premieres on BBC FOUR this year include:
Son's Room - a moving film by Italian director Nanni Moretti;
story of friendship in the Japanese film Take Care Of My Cat;
Academy Award-winning No Man's Land, set during the Bosnian War
the innocence of childhood destroyed by the struggles of living
on the streets of Casablanca in Ali Zaoua, Prince De La Rue.
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!
Carlyle, Bjork, Mike Figgis and Alex Cox join Jonathan Ross for
the first BBC FOUR World Cinema Award (08.01.04)
Ross to present the BBC FOUR World Cinema Awards (12.11.03)
FOUR announces new award for best foreign language film of 2003
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