ACCORDING TO THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER:
Luke Davies will be feted in a special ceremony at the Italian fest.
Luke Davies will receive the award for best adapted screenplay for Lion at the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival in a special ceremony Dec. 29 at the Cinema Paradiso in Anacapri.
Adapted from Saroo Brierley’s memoir A Long Way Home, the film tells the incredible true story of an adopted Indian boy who searches for his family after he was stranded at a train station as a child. Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel feature in the starring role of Saroo, with Nicole Kidman and David Wenham playing his adoptive parents. Rooney Mara also stars as his love interest.
“Lion is a wonderful, uplifting tale brought to the big screen through great storytelling, and for this reason it deserves the Capri Award as well as many other awards,” Capri president Lina Wertmuller, the first woman ever nominated for a best director Academy Award, said Monday in a statement.
“It’s a universal story about family values that reaches the hearts of audiences worldwide,” added festival director Pascal Vicedomini. “We all wish there were more movies like this to show to the younger generation.”
The Capri Hollywood Festival, held on the Italian resort island off the coast of Naples, takes place every year over the New Year’s holiday and is generally considered to be a key campaign stop on the road to the Oscars. This year’s edition is dedicated to Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis.
Previous awards announced include best ensemble cast to Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, producer of the year to Hacksaw Ridge’s Bill Mechanic, best documentary and European film of the year to Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea and best European director to Florence Foster Jenkins’ Stephen Frears.
The festival is set to open Dec. 27 with Taylor Hackford’s The Comedian, starring Robert De Niro and Danny DeVito, and runs through Jan. 2.
ACCORDING TO DEADLINE:
CAPRI, ITALY, December x, 2016 – “Lion,” the critically acclaimed film from The Weinstein Company directed by Garth Davis and starring Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel and Oscar®-winner Nicole Kidman, has been selected to receive a Capri Award for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ at the 21st edition of Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival. The award will be accepted by TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein on December 29th at the Cinema Paradiso in Anacapri.
Poet and writer Luke Davies wrote the script which he adapted from Saroon Brierley’s autobiographical book “A Long Way Home”. The film, which also stars Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Divian Ladwa, will be released in Italy December 22nd by Eagle Pictures. It tells the moving story of an Indian boy adopted by an Australian couple who, tormented by his past, decides to look for his mother in the place where he accidentally left by train when he was a child.
“Lion is a wonderful, uplifting tale brought to the big screen through great story-telling and for this reason it deserves the ‘Capri Award’ as well as many other awards,” said iconic Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, honorary president of the Capri in the World Institute and the first woman ever nominated for a Best Director Academy Award (“Seven Beauties”). “It’s a universal story about family values that reaches the hearts of audiences world-wide. I wish there were more movies like this to show to the younger generation.”
Previously announced 2016 Capri Awards are ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ to Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land”; ‘Producer of the Year’ to Bill Mechanic (USA) for “Hacksaw Ridge” directed by Mel Gibson; “Best Documentary” and ‘European Movie of the Year’ to “Fire at Sea’ by Gianfranco Rosi; ‘Best European Director’ to Britain’s Stephen Frears for “Florence Foster Jenkins” and the ‘Capri Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Israel’s Amos Gitai.
Oscar-winner Barry Morrow will be chairing the 2016 edition of Capri, Hollywood with Israeli singer Noa serving as its president. The Festival will open on December 27th with the European premiere of “The Comedian,” directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, and Danny De Vito. This year’s Festival is dedicated to the legendary Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis.
Capri, Hollywood 2016 is backed by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (D.G Cinema), the Campania Region (Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage) with the City of Capri and the Municipality of Anacapri together with various private sponsors.