Date — 2015-08-31T12:24:49
Angoulême/Schaffhausen, 31 August 2015 – This year Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen debuted as an official partner of the festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême in France. Yesterday evening, IWC CEO Georges Kern presented Emmanuel Finkiel from France with the “Valois IWC du Réalisateur” for his film “Je ne suis pas un salaud”. At a gala dinner hosted under the motto “Pour l’amour du cinéma” approximately 100 VIP guests and global stars such as Christopher Lambert and Vincent Lindon celebrated the creativity and diversity of French-speaking cinema.
“In the world of haute horlogerie, the passion and precision work of many talents combine to produce fascinating mechanisms that radiate a certain magic and tell a story. The same applies to the world of film. Here, too, the creative input of countless individuals results in a work of art, which, for a few hours, transports us away from reality,” is how IWC CEO Georges Kern describes the parallels between watchmaking and the world of film. As the partner of a range of hand-picked film festivals around the world, IWC Schaffhausen has had a vehicle for expressing its passion for the cinema for some years now. To date, well-known festivals from as far afield as Beijing, New York, Zurich, London and Dubai have enjoyed IWC’s support. This year was the first in which the company was also involved as a partner of the festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême, which was held in Angoulême, France, from 25 to 30 August.
In the world of haute horlogerie, the passion and precision work of many talents combine to produce fascinating mechanisms that radiate a certain magic and tell a story. The same applies to the world of film.
—Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen
Producer Marie-France Brière and Dominique Besnehard founded the festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême in 2008. In just a few short years, it has established itself as a major attraction for devotees of French-speaking cinema. Over five days, more than 80 movies from France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada and Switzerland, as well as Africa and the Middle East, were screened in Angoulême. Under the chairmanship of French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade, the jury selected ten works for the official competition. Yesterday evening, the much-coveted Valois awards were presented in eight categories. They included the Valois IWC du Réalisateur for best director, which went to Emmanuel Finkiel for his film “Je ne suis pas un salaud”. The winner also received an IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days (Ref. IW510102) from IWC Schaffhausen. “French-speaking cinema has an excellent reputation that goes well beyond linguistic borders and is well known for its high artistic quality. We are deeply honoured to support cinematographic work in the French-speaking world,” is how Georges Kern summarized the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer’s latest foray into filmmaking.
Following the closing ceremony, IWC Schaffhausen invited selected guests to an exclusive gala dinner under the motto “Pour l’amour du cinéma”. The event was held in the famous Château de Maumont, a splendid 16th-century castle. The 100 well-known guests included many stars of the silver screen, including French film legends Vincent Lindon and Christopher Lambert. As a special after-dinner highlight, guests also enjoyed a private concert given by French rock star Louis Bertignac, who was a guitarist and vocalist with the legendary rock band Téléphone from 1976 to 1986.
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