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Night at the opera

By Vivian Chen

 

EVENT Jaeger-LeCoultre 180th Anniversary
WHERE Teatro La Fenice, Venice

 

Happenings: A long-time patron of the Venice Film Festival, Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre hosted a much-anticipated gala dinner at the prestigious event. This year, the grand celebration saw an even more lavish setting in celebration of the luxury watchmaker's 180th anniversary. More than 250 guests were invited to the soiree, including actor couple Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson, Carmen Chaplin - filmmaker and granddaughter of legendary comedian Charlie Chaplin - and Alberto Barbera, director of the Venice Film Festival. The event took place at one of Europe's most famous opera houses. The night's entertainment was choreographed to express cinematic glamour. Film soundtrack composer Eric Serra reorchestrated a piece from the sci-fi blockbuster The Fifth Element and remixed it with an excerpt from Gaetano Donizetti's grand opera Lucia di Lammermoor. Guests also had the chance to see 10 rare masterpieces from the brand's Hybris Mechanica collection at a dramatic set-up of a giant watch wheel. 

 

CHIC CHAT with Carmen Chaplin

You started your career as a model. How did that come about?
I started modelling because I was asked and I really hated school, so it seemed like a good excuse to get out of studying. But ever since I was a child, I would make movies with my Super 8 camera and write plays with my sister. I was kind of embarrassed to say I wanted to act because of my grandfather.

What led you to directing?
I always had ideas of how a scene looks, but I thought directing would be really difficult. At some point, you just think, why not try it? I feel no stress as a director. It’s extremely inspiring. I love that creative sharing of ideas with people.

What was it like working with your mother and daughter on A Time for Everything for Jaeger-LeCoultre?
I loved [it]. We were making a film about time and generations, and it seems very natural to do it with my mother and my daughter. My father and my sister were on the set. It was a really nice atmosphere.

How did you get the idea of portraying it like a series of nostalgic still shots?
I didn’t want us to be on film together. It has to be more of an emotional impact, and I felt it was the best way. I wanted people to have a specific feeling when they watched it (www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0qaCPGdCnc).
By Winnie Chung

 

 

 

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