“SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” ALSO WINS THE 2013 CAPRI AUDIENCE AWARD, THE BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR AWARD AND BRADLEY COOPER IS NAMED BEST ACTOR OF THE YEAR. 4 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS ALSO GO TO ‘BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD’ AND ONE TO NAOMI WATTS FOR ‘THE IMPOSSIBLE’ . BOTH MOVIE HAS BEEN PREMIERED @ CAPRI, HOLLYWOOD FEST.’
CAPRI, Italy, January 2, 2013 – One of the year’s most highly acclaimed films, Silver Linings Playbook, written and directed by David O. Russell, has won four awards including “Best Film of the Year” at Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival, which ended here today. In addition, the multi Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominated motion picture won the Capri Audience Award, the film’s extraordinary cast, which includes Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker and Julia Styles has received the Best Acting Ensemble of the Year Award and Bradley Cooper has been named Best Actor.
Beasts of the Southern Wild was named Best Surprise Film of the Year and its star Quvenzhane Wallis was named Best Actress; Juan Antonio Bayona was named Best Director for The Impossible and Ariel Vroman was named Best Breakout Director for The Iceman. Other honors bestowed by the Festival include the Capri, Hollywood Legend Award to iconic actor Franco Nero, the Capri Cult Award to director Antoine Fuqua, the Best Short Film Award to Edoardo Ponti for The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars which is on the short list for an Academy Award® nomination, and the European Actress of the Year Award to the German actress Nina Hoss (Barbara).
Gerard Butler, who just completed a role in Fuqua’s upcoming action film Olympus Has Fallen, presented the director’s award. Cooper’s award will be presented later this month at a special ceremony in Rome coincidental with Silver Lining Playbook’s Italian premiere.
“‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is not only the most brilliant romantic comedy in years, but also a real audience pleasing movie with a heartwarming story and amazing performances. It truly deserves the accolades showered upon it by Capri, Hollywood” said Italian legendary director Lina Wertmuller, the honorary chairperson of the Istituto Capri nel mondo, the organization under whose auspices the 17th annual edition of Capri, Hollywood took place here from December 26th through January 2nd.
Pascal Vicedomini, Capri, Hollywood founder and artistic director, added: “This year’s Festival was a huge success, despite the financial crisis here in Italy. We screened an amazing array of first class international movies. The competition was strong in all categories, the winners are justly deserving of the honors that they have received and we congratulate them for their extraordinary contributions to the art of motion pictures. We also sincerely thank Harvey Weinstein (Silver Linings Playbook), Avi Lerner (The Iceman), Ghislain Barrois and Belén Atienza (The Impossible) and the producers of Beasts of the Southern Wild for making their wonderful films available to us.”
Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival 2012 was directed by Pascal Vicedomini and produced by the Capri in the World Institute. 1996 Academy Award®-nominated director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) chaired the 17th annual event. The Honorary Board of the Festival was comprised of Jim Gianopulos, Harvey Weinstein, Mark Canton, Jeremy Thomas, Avi Lerner, Lawrence Bender, Jason Weinberg, Vanessa Redgrave as well as Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo, Giancarlo Giannini and Italian music legend Tony Renis.
The 2012 Festival was presented with the sponsorship of Smart (Mercedes), Hogan (Tod’s Group) as well as the Italian Ministry of Cultural Assetts, the Campania Region, the Chamber of Commerce of Naples. The celebration of International cinema included many film premieres, a retrospective of the most remarkable films of the past season as well as the ceremonies for the much sought-after Capri Awards.
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3:04 AM PST 1/2/2013 by Eric J. Lyman
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK’ WINS MOST AWARDS AT ITALY’S CAPRI, HOLLYWOOD FEST
The 17-year-old event, which often heralds Oscar success, also honored “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “The Iceman” and “The Impossible.”
CAPRI, Italy – David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook won four awards at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival, including the festival’s film of the year honor, organizers announced Wednesday.
Benh Zeitlin’s fantasy drama Beasts of the Southern Wild, Juan Antonio Bayona’s action drama The Impossible, and crime thriller The Iceman, from Ariel Vromen, were also highly decorated at the festival, which started on Dec. 26.
The 17-year-old Capri, Hollywood festival, which takes place on the picturesque island of Capri, off the coast of Naples, is the last festival of the year and the first of the following year. Films honored at the event often go on to find success at the Oscars.
The selection of Silver Linings Playbook as film of the year, especially, could bode well for the film’s chances come Oscar time: Michel Hazanavicus’ The Artist was Capri, Hollywood’s film of the year a year ago, and it went on to win five Oscars.
Silver Linings Playbook was also honored with the festival’s audience award, an award for the best acting ensemble, and Bradley Cooper, who plays a mentally ill patient who moves back home with his parents, was honored as actor of the year. Cooper’s prize will be presented to him later in January, in Rome, in conjunction with the Italian launch of Silver Linings Playbook.
The low-budget Beasts of the Southern Wild, which had its Italian premiere at the festival, was the next most decorated film at the festival. The film, which recounts a fantasy tale of a poor young girl in the Louisiana bush, won Capri, Hollywood’s prize for Surprise Film of the Year, while 9-year-oldQuvenzhané Wallis, who plays the role of young girl Hushpuppy, was selected as best actress.
Bayona was named best director for his work on The Impossible, while Vromen was named breakout director for The Iceman.
Among the other awards, Franco Nero, who created the iconic role of cowboy drifter Django that inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, was given the festival’s Capri Legend Award for lifetime achievement, while the Capri Cult Award for achievement from a director went to Antoine Fuqua. Fuqua’s award was presented to him by actor Gerard Butler, who plays one of the main roles in Fuqua’s soon-to-be-released thriller Olympus Has Fallen.
Edoardo Ponti was given the prize for best short film for The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars, while Germany’s Nina Hoss, the protagonist in Barbara, was selected as the best European actress.
Pascal Vicedomini, the festival’s founder and director, praised the Capri lineup, saying it included “an amazing array of first-class international movies.” Vicedomini is also the founder and director of the eight-year-old Los Angeles-Italia Fashion and Art Fest, which will take place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles in February, just before the facility hosts the Oscars.
CAPRI, Italy, December 19, 2012 – One of the year’s most highly acclaimed films, Silver Linings Playbook written and directed by David O. Russell, has been named “Best Film of the Year” by Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival. In addition, the film’s extraordinary cast, which includes Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker and Julia Styles has been nominated for the Capri Audience Award and the Best Acting Ensemble of the Year. The special screening of the multi Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominated motion picture and Awards’ ceremony will take place on December 30th at Anacapri Cinema Paradiso.
Capri, Hollywood will also screen Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Cesere deve morire (Caeser Must Die), Italy’s 2012 candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, along with a retrospective of at least five Italian films that have been previously selected in that category.
Silver Linings Playbook garnered an impressive four Golden Globe nominations: the film for Best Picture (musical or comedy), Cooper for Best Actor (musical or comedy), Lawrence for Best Actress and Russell for Best Screenplay. It was also named Best Movie of the Year by the American Film Institute and has been nominated for four Screen Actors Guild Awards – Cooper for Best Actor, Lawrence for Best Actress, DeNiro for Best Supporting Actor and the cast for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
“A real masterpiece with a heartwarming story and amazing performances, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is high-quality, audience pleasing movie,” says Italian legendary director Lina Wertmuller, the Honorary chairperson of the Istituto Capri nel mondo, the organization under whose auspices the 17th annual edition of Capri, Hollywood will take place here from December 26th through January 2nd.
“‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is not only a great romantic comedy, but also one of the best films of the year, added Capri, Hollywood founder and artistic director Pascal Vicedomini. “We are delighted that Harvey Weinstein has made it available to our Festival. I’m certain that it will viewers in Capri, just as it is enchanting audiences worldwide.”
Produced by The Weinstein Company and Mirage Enterprises the film is distributed worldwide by The Weinstein Company. Silver Linings Playbook and its stellar cast have been receiving acclaim since its unspooling at the Toronto International Film festival in September. It has already opened in the United States and many key international territories to excellent reviews and solid box office performance. It will open in Italy in March.