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ROME – The Italo preem of “The Imitation Game” will open the 19th edition of the Capri-Hollywood film festival dedicated to launching Oscar hopefuls and establishing a creative and business bridgehead between Hollywood and Italy’s film and showbiz communities.

“Imitation Game,” considered a front-runner in the Golden Globes and Oscar races, will launch into Italy on December 27 from the Italo isle off the coast of Naples. The British biopic about prodigal mathematician and WWI codebreaker Alan Turing, toplining Benedict Cumberbatch, will be released theatrically in Italy via local distributor Videa on January 1. The Weinstein Company is distributing the pic worldwide.

”We thank Harvey Weinstein for again choosing our festival as the Italian springboard for an extraordinary film that is in the running for a number of major global awards,” said Pascal Vicedomini the Italo journo who heads the fest and also runs its sister event Ischia Global and the L.A. Italia Italo cinema showcase.

Capri will also fete Italo helmer Paolo Virzi and his economic crisis murder mystery “The Human Capital,” which is Italy’s foreign Oscar candidate this year. “Capital,” which stars Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, will will receive the Capri European Film Award. It will be released stateside January 14 via Film Movement.

Daniel Barnz-directed dark comedy “Cake,” toplining Jennifer Aniston as an acerbic woman who becomes fascinated with the suicide of another woman in her chronic pain support group, will be this year’s Capri closer. “Cake” will open Stateside for a one-week qualifying run in December via Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon’s Cinelou Releasing, followed by a wide release in January.
 
Indian film director Shekhar Kapur will chair Capri’s 19th edition which will run December 27, 2014-January 2, 2015.