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Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker AwardIndian director Mani Ratnam to be honoured at the 67th Venice International Film Festival

In 2010 Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates its sixth year of partnership with the Venice International Film Festival, known as La Mostra. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, which has honoured major international filmmakers such as Takeshi Kitano, Abbas Kiarostami, Agnès Varda, and Sylvester Stallone, is this year to honour the work of the great Indian director Mani Ratnam.

During the award ceremony in September, the Mostra will present the festival premiere of Mani Ratnam’s much-anticipated film Ravaan, to be attended by the director and by the Indian movie super stars Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Vikram, and composer A.R. Rahman. “Ravaan will enchant audiences with its stirring drama and entrancing musical sequences,” says Marco Mueller, Venice Film Festival Director. “We are proud to be hosting the festival premiere of this wonderful film, which will be presented at the 2010 Mostra in both the Hindi and the Tamil version.”

Enlivened by the music composed by the two-time Academy Award winner A. R. Rahman, Ravaan fuses drama, action, love story, and musical. The film is loosely based on the epic poem "Ramayana" by Valmiki, and tells the adventurous story of a bandit leader who kidnaps the wife of the policeman who killed his sister, taking her through a journey during which once again the everlasting, epic battle between good and bad takes place.

As is tradition now, the honoured director will be presented with a specially-engraved Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso timepiece bearing the Mostra’s commemorative seal.