Jaeger-LeCoultre’s affinities with the 7th Art stem from the inherent kinship between two worlds infused with the same creative effervescence, inspired by a longstanding tradition and the absolute quest for excellence. To commemorate a decade of its commitment to cinema and to honour the artists who have made an original mark on contemporary filmmaking, Jaeger-LeCoultre will present a special photographic exhibition on Lido Island during the Venice International Film Festival, from September 2nd to 12th 2015.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Behind the Scenes Exhibition will give visitors an insight into the filmmaking process of such diverse artists as Takeshi Kitano, Abbas Kiarostami, Agnès Varda, Sylvester Stallone, Mani Ratnam, Al Pacino, Spike Lee, Ettore Scola and James Franco. Each of them has contributed to creating and bringing life to the art of filmmaking and has been rewarded by the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, the annual prize established by Jaeger-LeCoultre in association with the Venice International Film Festival.
Jaeger-LeCoultre attaches great importance to supporting a unique artistic vision. Daniel Riedo, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, emphasises that “Haute Horlogerie and cinema share common values: both create dreams and a sense of wonder through aesthetic and technical mastery. Jaeger-LeCoultre draws upon the talent of its many artisans to create exceptional watch objects, just as it takes talented writers, directors, actors and technicians to produce a work of filmmaking art. It is all about two worlds infused with creative ingenuity.”
As Alberto Barbera, director of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival points out, “In the 10-year partnership between the Venice International Film Festival and Jaeger-LeCoultre, The Glory to the Filmmaker award has acquired increasingly substantial significance and importance. Above and beyond the official prizes awarded by different juries, the choice of annually celebrating filmmakers appreciated for their personal contribution to the development of film art represents a gesture designed to highlight values and to mark differences. The honour roll of the winners signifies a strong and lasting bond between the artists and the Venice International Film Festival, strengthened by the encouragement of such a prestigious partner as Jaeger-LeCoultre. “