'The Artist' Named Film of the Year By Capri, Hollywood - The International Film Festival

The Artist
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Director Michel Hazanavicius and actress Berenice Bejo will accept the award on Dec. 30.

ROME – The Artist, the period drama set during the 1920s changeover between silent and talking films that has earned six Golden Globe nominations, was named the 2011 film of the year by the 16th Capri, Hollywood - the International Film Festival, organizers announced Friday.

The next edition of the festival, which is the last and first film festival each year, runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2, 2012.

The award will be presented on Dec. 30 to the film’s director, Michel Hazanavicius, and actress Berenice Bejo, the film’s female lead, by Capri-Hollywood’s honorary chairperson, Lina Wertmueller.

"This almost silent and black-and-white movie is a tribute to the Hollywood cinema of the 20s, and is enchanting audiences worldwide with its poetry, showing that even in the age of special effects and 3D, film lovers love and appreciate art in its purest form," Capri Hollywood director Pascal Vicedomini said.

On the same night, Wertmueller will honor Emanuele Crialese with the festival’s prize for his work on Terraferma. The film is Italy’s nominee for the best foreign language Oscar.

Wertmueller the festival’s honorary chair, is best known as the first woman nominated for an Oscar for best picture in 1977, for Pasqualino Settebellesse (Seven Beauties).

The festival previously announced that Bejo would receive the festival's best actress honor, while Michael Fassbender will receive the best actor award for his work in Shame, a drama about sexual addiction.