Fest director Pascal Vicedomini says the civil rights
icon's passing has inspired an unofficial section for
films about Africa and African-Americans.
to Freedom, will be honored as actor and actress of the year by the upcoming Capri, Hollywood
Film Festival, organizers said Monday.
The 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.
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
Capri Fest, the films form a sort of subplot focused on Africans and African Americans.
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.