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Friday, October 14, 2011

BBC Four World Cinema Award Shortlisted

bbc Awards 2011 logo smallCinemimi[Friday, October 14, 2011]
BBC Four has confirmed Jonathan Ross to present the BBC Four World Cinema Awards 2011 which are the foremost foreign-language honours in the UK.

The channel also unveiled the shortlist of nominations for the BBC Four World Cinema Award 2011.

Now in its eighth year, the annual awards celebrate the best of contemporary international filmmaking and highlight BBC Four's commitment to foreign language films.

The BBC Four World Cinema Award, which was inaugurated in 2004, will be drawn from a shortlist as nominated by UK-wide film writers while The BBC Four World Cinema Achievement Award celebrates the outstanding work of an international filmmaker.

Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four, commented: "As the home of arts and culture, BBC Four provides a crucial platform for foreign language film.

"We are excited once again to be presenting the World Cinema Awards and celebrating the diverse range of international cinema available in the UK."

This year, some 200 UK-wide film writers were invited to nominate their favourite films for a shortlist from around 200 releases from the previous 12 months. The five films, which polled highest, were then shortlisted for the BBC Four World Cinema Award 2011. A specially assembled jury will debate the films and select an overall winner.

The award will be presented at a special television ceremony at the BFI Southbank in London on Tuesday 15 November 2011 and shown on BBC Four on Sunday 20 November 2011.

The BBC Four World Cinema Awards is a BBC Scotland Arts production for BBC Vision.

BBC Four World Cinema Award shortlist are: Of Gods And Men (France. Dir: Xavier Beauvois); The Skin I Live In (Spain. Dir: Pedro Almodovar); Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand / UK / France / Germany / Spain / Netherlands. Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul); A Separation (Iran. Dir: Asghar Farhadi) and Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times) (Italy/Germany/Swtzerland. Dir: Michaelangelo Frammartino).

(BMcC)

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