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Motorcycle Diaries - one of the shortlisted films for BBC FOUR World Cinema Award

BBC FOUR World Cinema Award shortlist announced

With Asian martial arts movies cutting a swathe through multiplexes worldwide and Bollywood now part of the mainstream, BBC FOUR announces the nominations for the BBC FOUR World Cinema Award 2005.


The shortlisted films, chosen by the UK's leading critics, film school heads and exhibitors, are:

Bad Education Pedro Almodovar Pathe Distribution
Hero Zhang Yimou Buena Vista
Motorcycle Diaries Walter Salles Pathe Distribution
The Return Andrea Zvyaginstev UGC Films
Uzak Nuri Bilge Ceylan Artificial Eye
Zatoichi Takeshi Kitano Artificial Eye

Jonathan Ross will host the live award programme on BBC FOUR on 27 January and announce one film as the overall winner.


He said: "This is a shortlist which is long on inspiration. There's more foreign talent here than in the Premiership. But let's hope that the standard of refereeing is a little better."

It is notable that the shortlist contains two Asian martial arts films (Hero and Zatoichi) and, in a bizarre twist, two films in which lead actors died shortly after filming was completed (The Return and Uzak).

The BBC FOUR World Cinema Award 2005 will be shown on Thursday 27 January 2005 at 9.00pm.

A special preview of the event, presented by Stuart Maconie, will be transmitted on BBC FOUR today (Friday 7 January) at 7.30pm.

Notes to Editors

This is the second BBC FOUR World Cinema Award. Last year's winner - as voted by Bjork, Mike Figgis, Robert Carlyle and Alex Cox - was Belleville Rendezvous, directed by Sylvain Chomet.



Category: BBC FOUR

Date: 07.01.2005
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