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Belleville Rendez-vous wins BBC World Cinema Award



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 Chomet’s 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 Away.

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 broadcasters.

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