Shekhar Kapur Will Chair 2014 Capri, Hollywood International Film Fest

Shekhar Kapur - Cannes Film Festival - 2010
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Shekhar Kapur, the Indian filmmaker best known internationally for his two collaborations with Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), will serve as chairman of the 19th Capri, Hollywood — The International Film Festival, the Gulf of Naples-based fest said Monday. This year's edition will run from Dec. 26, 2014, through Jan. 2, 2015.

Advertised as "a bridge between Italian and American cinema," the event occurs two months before its stateside counterpart, Los Angeles, Italia, which occurs the week of the Academy Awards. Since it honors talent at both locations, it has become a noted stop on the Oscar season circuit.

"The attendance in Capri of the great artist Kapur, who has been a friend and supporter of our festival since 2002, as well as a prominent figure both in Bollywood and Hollywood, is not only a privilege, it will also contribute to expanding the dialogue between cultures, and help draw the attention of the Asian media to Italy and the southern Italian regions, already beloved by tourists from India," said the fest’s founder and producer, Pascal Vicedomini.

Kapur's next project, Paani, a futuristic drama on which he has been working for over a decade which will center around a global water shortage, is slated for release in 2015.

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