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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Latin Cinema Award
Paz Vega

Jaeger-LeCoultre is proud to sponsor, for the sixth consecutive year, the San Sebastian Film Festival, in support of the many who contribute day after day to creating and staging cinematographic art.

Luxury watchmaking and cinema share common values: both are about creating dreams and a sense of fascination through aesthetics and technical mastery. Jaeger-LeCoultre relies on the talent of its many craftsmen to create exceptional timepieces, just as cinema relies on writers, directors, filmmakers, actors and technicians to produce unique works. These are two worlds imbued with the same creative spirit.

This year, the famed ‘Grande Maison of the Vallée de Joux’ is further cementing its presence at the festival by hosting the second edition of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Prize to Latin Cinema, which honours an outstanding figure in Latin cinema. In this second edition, the award will go to the internationally acclaimed Spanish actress Paz Vega. It will be presented at a gala to be held on September 23 at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, as part of the San Sebastian Film Festival.

For the San Sebastian Film Festival itself, the award -which in its inaugural edition went to the actor, director and producer Gael García Bernal- marks a new milestone in the festival’s relationship with the Latin world; it tightens even further its bonds with Latin cinematography, while highlighting the value of its filmmakers’ creations.

Throughout the festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre will have a VIP Lounge at the Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, to welcome friends of the Maison and prominent figures from the world of cinema. In addition, on this occasion, following the Jaeger-LeCoultre Prize to Latin Cinema award gala, the company will be hosting a party to commemorate Latin cinema. The party is expected to be attended by a number of renowned actors, together with guests linked to the world of cinema.

Likewise, the Jaeger-LeCoultre VIP Lounge will also provide the setting for further developing the partnership between Jaeger-LeCoultre and Fundación Aladina. On this occasion, Jaeger-LeCoultre is supporting the foundation in a new project to help 20 youngsters have a very special experience at a new children’s camp -Dynamo Camp, in Italy- which Fundación Aladina began to work with in the summer of 2017. Such camps offer an unforgettable experience for the seriously ill children who visit them, helping them to rebuild their self-esteem and fully recharge their batteries in their ongoing battle with cancer, all under discreet but close medical supervision. Thanks to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s support for Fundación Aladina, every summer, an ever-growing number of Spanish infants and adolescents with cancer can attend these camps at no expense.

Acclaimed major international actress Paz Vega has starred in dozens of films in Europe, the USA and Latin America. After her debut role as Laura for six seasons of Siete vidas (Seven Lives, Telecinco), one of Spain's longest running sitcoms, the Seville-born actress made her leap to the silver screen, attracting the attention of European audiences in 2001 on winning the Goya for Best New Actress and the prestigious Chopard Trophy for Female Revelation of the Year at the Cannes International Film Festival for her role as Lucía in Julio Medem’s Lucía y el sexo (Sex and Lucia). Also in 2001, Paz starred in Sólo mia (Only Mine) by Javier Balaguer and was nominated for yet another Goya, this time for Best Actress, marking a milestone in the history of the respected Spanish awards for being the first time an actress had been nominated twice for different roles at one edition.

In 2002, Paz appeared in Hable con ella (Talk to Her) by Pedro Almodóvar. The film received the Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, among others. In 2013, she repeated her collaboration with the celebrated Spanish director in Los amantes pasajeros (I'm So Excited). In 2003, she brought life to Vicente Aranda's Carmen, based on the homonymous novel by Prosper Mérimée. Since Carmen, Paz has played several emblematic characters in European History, ranging from Saint Teresa of Avila in Teresa by Ray Loriga (2007) to Maria Callas in Olivier Dahan’s Grace, opening film of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and Mary of Hungary in Emperor (2017), opposite Adrien Brody.

After starring in the romantic comedy produced by Columbia Pictures, Di que sí (Say I Do, 2004), she caught the attention of James L. Brooks, who invited her to co-star in Spanglish opposite Adam Sandler as Flor, a role for which she won the Best New Actress Award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society. Since Spanglish, Paz Vega has been directed by acclaimed filmmakers such as Frank Miller, Danis Tanovic, Oliver Parker, Michelle Placido, and the Taviani brothers, having shared the bill with actors including Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Andie McDowell, Eva Mendes, Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Christopher Lee and Morgan Freeman, to name but a few. She also starred in Jada Pinkett Smith’s directorial debut, The Human Contract (2008), produced by Will Smith.

Paz Vega has performed in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian. She recently appeared in the romantic comedies All Roads Lead to Rome, opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Claudia Cardinale, Big Time in Hollywood FL, alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Michael Madsen, produced by Ben Affleck, and Beautiful and Twisted opposite Candice Bergen and Rob Lowe, the last two for American TV. In 2016, Paz starred in the new comedy by the Mexican director Manolo Caro, La vida inmoral de la pareja ideal (The Immoral Life of the Ideal Couple), and was the Spanish voice of the campaign for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, alongside Uma Thurman and Juliette Binoche, who respectively provided the English and French voices. She also played the lead part in the 8-episode series for Spain’s hugely popular Telecinco channel, Perdóname (Forgive me).

Paz Vega has come back to Spain after fourteen years based in the United States. In spite of living in Los Angeles, Paz Vega has remained faithful to her Spanish and European roots. The region of Andalusia and the cities of Seville and Malaga have repeatedly recognized her tireless work to represent her native region and city all over the world. Paz Vega has received the Medal of Andalusia, the City of Seville Medal, the Province of Seville Gold Medal and, more recently, the Malaga Sur Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 edition of the Malaga Film Festival. She has also served as Jury Member at multiple international festivals, including the prestigious Orizzonti section at the Venice International Film Festival (2015).

Since 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has remained dedicated to the legacy of watchmaking traditions while maintaining its expertise for invention in creating authentic, fine watchmaking legends. Committed to a constant quest for excellence and supported by a unique inventive spirit, Jaeger-LeCoultre has a long-standing engagement in supporting the appreciation and preservation of film.

For more than a decade, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been closely associated with the best artistic film festivals around the world, including Venice, Shanghai, and San Sebastian, and in turn pays tribute to the creative talent of filmmakers by annually awarding the Glory to the Filmmaker Award. Through its close affinity with the world of film, Jaeger-LeCoultre has found shared values and a common mission: each second bears the imprint of a moment of eternity.

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The San Sebastian Festival and Jaeger-LeCoultre created in 2016 a new award to acknowledge the career of prominent figures in the world of Latin cinema.

The “Jaeger-LeCoultre Latin Cinema Award” represents a new landmark in the Festival’s relationship with the Latin world, making for even stronger ties with its film industry while expressing appreciation for its filmmakers’ work.

In its first edition the award went to the film actor, director and producer Gael García Bernal.


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