Capri, Hollywood Fest: 'Roma' to Receive Best Foreign-Language Film Award

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Actor Nick Nolte will also be honored with the Capri Legend Award.

After winning the Golden Lion in Venice, Roma will be honored with one more Italian prize this year: Capri, Hollywood’s best foreign language film award. The pic, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, will receive a special tribute at the festival on Dec. 29 at the Cinema Paradiso in Anacapri.

“This was a unanimous choice, because Roma, a formally perfect and extremely intense film, tells a wonderful and moving story that has literally mesmerized us," director and Capri chair Lina Wertmuller said Saturday in a statement. "A film full of love and dignity, a kind of Mexican version of Fellini’s Amarcord celebrating the generosity of women and offering us a political and historical overview of a wondrous country, full of contradictions and social contrasts. Cuaron’s ingenuity is close to Fellini’s and many other great masters of European cinema.”

Added festival founder Pascal Vicedomini: “We are deeply honored to screen Roma at Capri, Hollywood because this deeply inspired and powerful film will shape the history of cinema.”

Roma, which was inspired by Cuaron’s own life growing up in early 1970s Mexico City, is currently nominated for three Golden Globes (best director, screenplay and foreign language film) and is considered a top contender for the 2019 awards season. Cuaron previously won two Academy Awards for best director and editing for Gravity.

Capri, Hollywood also revealed it will be honoring actor Nick Nolte with the Capri Legend Award, the festival’s lifetime achievement award. Nolte recently starred in Head Full of Honey and El Padre and will appear in the upcoming FBI thriller Angel Has Fallen.

As previously announced, Jonathan Pryce will also receive the fest's Legend Award. Past recipients include Terry Gilliam, Omar Sharif, Ben Kingsley, Samuel L. Jackson, Faye Dunaway, Vanessa Redgrave and Helen Mirren.

The annual event off the coast of Naples has become a key awards campaign stop over the years, given its close proximity to the Academy Awards. The 23rd edition of Capri, Hollywood is set to open Thursday with the European premiere of Adam McKay’s Vice and conclude Jan. 3.