January 02, 2012 9:55pm PT by Eric Lyman
Michael Fassbender, Berenice Bejo Win Acting Prizes at Capri, Hollywood - The International Film Festival
ROME -- Michael Fassbender and My Week With Marilyn were among the hits of the Capri, Hollywood - the International Film Festival, which concluded Monday.
The festival, which is the last film festival of each year and the first of the following year, got underway Dec. 26.
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Among the festival's highlights: Ben Kingsley was given the festival's Legends career honor; Emanuele Crialese, was given the Capri Peace prize for his work as the director of Terrafirma, Italy's candidate for the foreign language Oscar this year; and Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist was selected as the film of the year.
Fassbender, on Capri to receive the fesival's best actor prize for his work as the sex addicted protagonist in Steve McQueen's Shame, was one of the hits of the festival. Shame won the Coppa Volpi award at this year's Venice Film Festival, but its Capri appearance is its last in Italy before its Jan. 13 opening across the country.
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Berenice Bejo was given Capri's Best Actress honor for her work in The Artist.
Organizers said that Marilyn caused a great buzz in it's Italian premier, with the festival's honorary head, Lina Wertmueller declaring the film had the best overall cast of any film that screened at the festival.
Wertmueller is best known to film buffs as the first woman ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar.