Story by: Jack Foley
EXCELLENT French animated film, Belleville
Rendez-vous, has been named as the winner of the first BBC
Four World Cinema Award.
The contest, which was launched in November 2003, invited viewers
and experts to nominate their favourite international film of
the year, and director, Sylvain Chomets feature beat off
competition from the likes of City
Of God, Good-Bye Lenin!,
Etre Et Avoir, The Man Without
A Past and another animated film, Spirited
Brazilian drama, City Of God, did, however, win the audience
award, picked by viewers.
Belleville Rendez-Vous tells the surreal story of Madame Souza's
search for her cyclist grandson, who is kidnapped while taking
part in the Tour De France.
Enlisting the help of her pet dog, Bruno, she travels to Belleville,
where the Triplets of Belleville, a singing trio from years gone
by, help her track down her son.
Chomet said he was delighted and honoured with the
recognition, especially considering the mind-boggling array
of talent Belleville was up against.
The BBC did help to fund the film, along with French and Canadian