Capri-Hollywood Fest to Honor Italian Comedic Director Paolo Virzi

The 17-year-old event, on an island off the coast of Naples, starts each year in December and finishes in January.

ROME – The Capri-Hollywood Film Festival announced Tuesday that it would honor Italian director and screenwriter Paolo Virzi with a “Master of Comedy” lifetime achievement prize at the upcoming edition of the event.

Virzi is probably best known for the comedic drama La prima cosa bella (The First Beautiful Thing) from 2010, which won a host of awards across Europe, including three David Di Donatello prizes led by the Best Screenplay award. It was nominated for 15 other Donatellos, making it one of the most nominated films in the long history of the Donatello awards, Italy's top film honors.

Virzi, who is the brother of Italian composer and writer Carlo Virzi, is a frequent collaborator of Francesco Bruni, who won the all-Italian Contracampo Italiano sidebar at the Venice Film Festival last year with his film Scialla! (Easy!) and who will head the jury at the all-Italian Perspectives Italy sidebar at this year’s International Rome Film Festival.

The Capri-Hollywood festival, which takes place on the small island of Capri, off the coast of Naples, is notable because it bridges New Years each year, making it the last festival of the year and the first of the following year. The 17th edition of the event is scheduled to take place this year from Dec. 26, 2012 to Jan. 2, 2013.