Gael García Bernal to receive the first Jaeger-LeCoultre Latin Cinema Award at San Sebastian Film Festival

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By/Por Louis Dreyffus, Special for LWR
Jaeger-LeCoultre is proud to sponsor the San Sebastian Festival for the fifth year running. This year, La Grande Maison consolidates its presence at the event by giving the “Jaeger-LeCoultre Latin Cinema Award” to a prominent figure in the Latin cinema world.

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In this first edition the award will go to the film actor, director and producer Gael García Bernal. It will be given at the Gala presenting Pablo Larraín’s Neruda, in which he co-stars, scheduled for screening in the Festival’s Pearls section.
In the words of the Festival director, José Luis Rebordinos, “the creation of this 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 our filmmakers’ work”.
Gael García Bernal will receive the “Jaeger-LeCoultre Latin Cinema Award” on September 17 at the gala in San Sebastian’s Victoria Eugenia Theatre. The Award will be presented by Laurent Vinay, International Communications Director at Jaeger-LeCoultre.
This will be Gael García Bernal’s third visit to the Festival since he came with his debut film, “Amores perros”, selected in 2000 for Zabaltegi, repeating the experience the following year to coincide with the presentation of two of his works: “Y tu mamá también” (And Your Mother Too) by Alfonso Cuarón, which brought Made in Spanish to a close following its screening at Venice, and “Vidas privadas” (Private Lives) by Fito Páez, which competed in Zabaltegi for the New Directors Award.

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