Capri to honor Tornatore

Helmer's 'Sconosciuta' film of year

Giuseppe Tornatore's "La Sconosciuta" (The Unknown) will receive the Capri Award as film of the year at the 12th annual Capri Hollywood International Film Festival.

The film — which has racked up scores of awards in Italy this year, including the honor of being Italy's choice for the foreign-language film Oscar — tells the story of an Eastern European immigrant to Italy.

The festival also announced it will present director Joel Schumacher with a lifetime achievement award.

The Capri Hollywood International Film Festival is the only festival in the world that starts one year and finishes the next: The next edition runs Dec. 27-Jan. 2.

Hollywood producer Mark Canton — whose production credits include Gabrielle Muccino's "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "300" from Zack Snyder — will chair the festival, which will focus on Italian cinema this year.

The festival's other award will be named during the Jan. 2 award ceremony. Tornatore and Schumacher are expected to be on hand for the event.

The festival takes place on the island of Capri, off the coast of Naples.