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:
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.