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Pan's Labyrinth wins BBC cinema award

01/02/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Pan's Labyrinth, that rather gothic fairy tale set against post-civil war repression in Franco's Spain, has won the BBC Four World Cinema Award 2008. Prince of SciFi, Christopher 'Dr Who & Heroes' Eccleston, was one of the judges.

The film unfolds through the eyes of Ofelia, a little girl who is uprooted to a rural military outpost commanded by her new stepfather. Powerless and lonely in a place of unfathomable cruelty Ofelia lives out her own dark fable as she confronts monsters both other worldly and human.

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro flew in from Paris to collect the award from Catherine Deneuve at a ceremony held 30th January 2008 at the BFI Southbank in London.

Guillermo del Toro told SFcrowsnest.com, "I am very humbled by the competition and the nominations so I am very happy to have won this award. I am extremely thankful because world cinema seems to be not only about geography of the world out there, but about charting the world within us. Very often people think that the only way to tell the truth is through reality. So I find, by my own experience, irreality is sometimes a better tool to tell the truth."

Pan's Labyrinth has picked up a number of international awards, including three Academy Awards and three BAFTAs. Pan's Labyrinth was chosen from a shortlist of five by a panel of judges comprising of Christopher Eccleston, Nick Broomfield and Archie Panjabi.

Janice Hadlow, BBC Four, added, "BBC Four is proud to celebrate such great film-making talent from all over the world, and this year the judges have faced a particularly difficult decision in choosing a winner. The diversity of films short-listed for this award demonstrates the incredibly high standard of world cinema today, and the winning film Pan's Labyrinth has captured the imagination of audiences and critics alike. I'm delighted that the panel have chosen it to receive the award."

Christopher Eccleston's television credits include Heroes, Doctor Who and Our Friends In The North and he had parts in the films Shallow Grave and Elizabeth.

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