Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, will be honored as actor and actress of the year by the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival

Italy's Capri, Hollywood Fest to Premiere 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Mandela Long Walk To Freedom
Idris Elba in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

Fest director Pascal Vicedomini says the civil rights 

icon's passing has inspired an unofficial section for 

films about Africa and African-Americans.

ROME -- Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, stars of Justin Chadwick's Mandela: Long Walk
 to Freedom, will be honored as actor and actress of the year by the upcoming Capri, Hollywood
Film Festival, organizers said Monday.

 Nelson Mandela biopic, which will go into wide release in the U.S. on Christmas day, 

will have its Italian premiere at the Italian island festival five days later.
The festival also announced Monday it would screen two other films: Lee Daniels' The Butler -- 
about a White House butler (played by Forrest Whitaker) who served eight presidents -- and Fruitvale Station, a drama from Ryan Coogler narrating the story of Oscar Grant
the African-American youth who was fatally shot in the back by a Bay Area Rapid Transit 
Combined with Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, previously announced to screen at the 
Capri Fest, the films form a sort of subplot focused on Africans and African Americans.
"The emotions generated by the death of Nelson Mandela, a global icon for human rights, encouraged us to create a festival section dedicated to films promoting tolerance, solidarity, and respect for migrants," said Pascal Vicedomini, the founder of the 18-year-old Capri festival.
The festival, which takes place on the scenic island of Capri, off the coast of Naples, runs from 
Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, 2014. It is traditionally the last film festival of each calendar year and the 
first of the following year. In the past, Capri Hollywood Fest honors have been a harbinger 
of good fortune for several films.
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