Mani Ratnam To receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award 2010
Accepting the proposal made by the Director of the Venice Film Festival Marco Mueller, the Swiss Manufacturer is proud to be partner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, which this year is to honour the work of the great Indian director Mani Ratnam
In recent years, the award has honoured other major world filmmakers: Takeshi Kitano, Abbas Kiarostami, Agnès Varda, and Sylvester Stallone.
The Venice Film Festival Director Marco Mueller explains the choice as follows: "Mani Ratnam used to make movies only in his native tongue, Tamil, but has been one of a handful of filmmakers to successfully handle the transition to the All-India market.One of the great innovators in contemporary Indian cinema, he helped introduce the auteur concept to contemporary Bollywood.
His movies display precision and poise, and have always been removed from the bombast and bluster of mass-produced regional cinema.The lavish musical numbers in his films, some of the best-tailored in Mumbai and Madras in recent years, have influenced the style of many others (as well as the design of commercials and music videos).
Ratnam's most celebrated films have become part of the cinematic imagination of the sub-continent.” On the occasion of the award ceremony, the Mostra will present the Festival Premiere of Mani Ratnam’s much-anticipated forthcoming film ‘Raavan’, attended by the director and by the Indian film superstars Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Vikram and composer A.R. Rahman.