A robust Hollywood contingent, comprising Antoine Fuqua, Mike Figgis and helmer Ariel Vromen (“The Iceman”) is set to disembark on the isle of Capri to mingle with Italo and European industryites at the 17th Capri Hollywood film festival, which will run Dec. 26-Jan. 2. Fuqua, whose White House thriller “Olympus Has Fallen” will go out Stateside in April via FilmDistrict, is being feted with a Capri Cult Award. Figgis, who chairs the Capri fest this year, will screen his neo-noir “Suspension of Disbelief,” and Vromen’s “Iceman” will launch into Italy from the shindig on the seaside resort off the coast of Naples.
Other pics launching locally from Capri include David O. Russel’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone,” and Russian helmer Karen Shakhnazarov’s WWII epic “White Tiger,” which is Russia’s foreign language Oscar contender.
Shakhnazarov, who heads Moscow’s Mosfilm studios, is among expected European attendees, along with British Film Institute international chief Isabelle Davis and German actress Nina Hoss, star of Christian Petzold’s “Barbara,” who will receive the fest’s nod for European actress of the year.
The ample list of Italian guests includes producers Aurelio De Laurentiis, Fulvio Lucisano and Iginio Straffi, and veteran thesp Franco Nero, who will receive Capri’s lifetime achievement nod.
Nero, who has a cameo in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” played the lead in Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti oater “Django,” which will unspool as a tribute.
Headed by Pascal Vicedomini, a journo with pubcaster RAI, Capri Hollywood is a sister fest of Los Angeles-Italia and Ischia Global, all dedicated to establishing a creative and business bridgehead between Hollywood and Italy’s showbiz communities.