Adam McKay’s 'Vice' to Open Capri, Hollywood Fest

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The new film starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney will kick off the 2018 edition of the fest.

Adam McKay’s new film Vice, starring Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney, will open the upcoming edition of Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival on Dec. 26.

The movie from Annapurna Pictures explores the power Cheney held over the George W. Bush presidency and the effects of his administration on the world today. The pic also stars Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Tyler Perry, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe and Jesse Plemons.

Vice was produced by Megan Ellison, Will Ferrell, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, Kevin J. Messick and Brad Pitt. The film is currently on many award-pundits lists across multiple categories including best picture and director, with Bale is expected to be a frontrunner for a best actor nomination. Vice is set to open Dec. 25 in the U.S. and Jan. 3 in Italy through Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group. 

“A timely film from a first-class filmmaker and with a stellar cast, Vice is the perfect film to kick off our festival,” Capri honorary president Lina Wertmuller and founder Pascal Vicedomini said Monday in a statement. “We sincerely thank Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and the Leone Film Group for making this exciting awards contender available to us as our opening-night attraction.”

Capri, Hollywood is an annual event that takes place off the coast of Naples over the New Year holiday period. It is a key stop for awards contenders, given its close proximity to Oscar night.

As previously announced, Eli Roth will receive a career honor, and his latest film, The House With a Clock in Its Walls, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, will be presented at the fest, while Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, Italy’s submission for the best foreign-language film Oscar, will be honored as European Movie of the Year.

Israeli director Amos Gitai will also be presented a career honor. His latest film, A Tramway in Jerusalem, premiered out of competition at Venice this year.

Other guests announced include Terry Gilliam, who will present The Man Who Killed Don Quixote; Joely Richardson, star of the Henry James adaptation The Aspern Papers; Mario Martone, with his new film Capri-Revolution; and actors Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) and Frederick Schmidt (Mission: Impossible – Fallout).

The 23rd edition of Capri, Hollywood, which will be chaired by Lee Daniels, is set to run Dec. 26-Jan. 2.