'Silver Linings Playbook' to Be Named Film of the Year by Capri, Hollywood Fest

12:52 PM PST 12/19/2012 by Eric J. Lyman
The Weinstein Company
Bradley Cooper in 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Organizers announced a lineup packed with big-name films, some of which will screen in Italy for the first time at the event.

ROME – David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook will be the honored as the film of the year at the upcoming Capri, Hollywood Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.

Pascal Vicedomini, the 17-year-old event’s founder and director, unveiled a packed lineup of big-name films for the Dec. 26-Jan. 2 festival, which takes place on the picturesque island of Capri, off the coast of Naples. The festival’s biggest films have all screened elsewhere before coming to Capri, but it some cases the festival will represent the first time they will be seen by Italian audiences.

Being named the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival’s film of the year has brought good luck in the past: a year ago, the festival similarly honored Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist, which went on to win five Oscars, including best picture.

In addition to Silver Linings Playbook, the next edition festival will feature Joe Wright’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic classic Anna Karenina, Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone, To the Wonder from Terrence Malick, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, Ariel Wromen’s The Iceman, White Tiger from Russia’s Karen Shakhnazarov, The Impossible from Juan Antonio Bayona, Intouchables (The Intouchables) from Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano, Lesse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Ben Affleck’s Argo.

Oscar-nominated director Mike Figgis, who the festival previously announced would be the festival’s honorary chair, will be on hand for a screening of the thriller Suspension of Disbelief, his latest film.

Including a screening of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani'Cesere deve morire (Caeser Must Die), from Italy, the festival will screen at least five films that have been selected as their country's candidate for the Best Foreign language Film Oscar.

As previously announced, the festival will also pay homage to Italian actor Franco Nero, whose portrayal of the title character in Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 Spaghetti Western classic Django inspired Quentin Tarantino’s soon-to-be-released Django Unchained, which features Nero in a cameo role. The festival will screen the original film in its entirety, and will also show an extended clip of the new Tarantino film.

Spanning New Years for the last 16 years, the Capri, Hollywood event is the last film festival of one year and the first of the following year. 

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