Capri, Hollywood Lineup Lures Oscar Hopefuls


The full lineup is heavy on award-season favorites including 'Ida,' 'The Theory of Everything,' 'Still Alice,' 'Birdman' and 'Boyhood'

The lineup for Capri, Hollywood is jam-packed with award-season hopefuls including BirdmanThe Theory of EverythingStill Alice and Boyhood.

Set on the popular Italian island during New Year’s Eve festivities, Capri, Hollywood has become a key destination for award-season campaigning. Past Oscar winners including The Artist and The Great Beauty gained heavy traction at the festival.

The festival announced a special recognition of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida for best foreign language film of the festival. The Polish director will be on hand to pick up the honor.

Ida, the story of a young nun who discovers from her only relative that she is Jewish, has been topping award lists. It’s nominated for a Golden Globe in the same category, and is shortlisted for the Academy Award honor.

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Mario Martone’s Il Giovane Favoloso will be honored with the Italian film of the year award at Capri. Based on the life of Italian poet Leopardi, the film will be accompanied with a costume exhibition in the medieval setting of Certosa di San Giacomo in Capri.

Other honorees this year include David O. Russell, Boyhood’s Ellar Coltrane and Mr. Turner’s Timothy Spall.

A number of films will make their European premiere at the festival, including Cake, Beyond the Lights and The Water Diviner, Russell Crowe’s directorial debut.

Italian premieres in the lineup include The Imitation Game, Into the Woods, Mr. Turner, Big Eyes, Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb, Before I Go to Sleep, and Third Person.

The 19th edition of the fest is chaired by Indian director Shekhar Kapur. Tony Renis and Lina Wertmuller are honorary presidents.

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