Two non-fiction films with ties to Italy, Gianfranco Rosi‘s Notturno and Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw‘s The Truffle Hunters, will receive top honors at the 25th — and first virtual — edition of Capri, Hollywood — The International Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
This year’s edition of the Capri, Hollywood fest, which normally takes place on the island of Capri off the coast of Naples, will run from Dec. 26, 2020 through Jan. 2, 2021, with screenings available via MyMovies.it, an Italian website, and talks, panels and workshops held via social media platforms.
Notturno, which chronicles people who have fled Middle Eastern war zones and are trying to start new lives, and which is Italy’s submission this year for the best international feature Oscar, has been chosen as the European Movie of the Year, and will screen on the fest’s opening day.
And The Truffle Hunters, which profiles the small group of old men and their dogs who specialize in locating Alba truffles in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, is the fest’s choice for Documentary of the Year. Screening details are still forthcoming.
“Notturno is an extraordinary movie that has already touched the hearts of audiences and critics all over the world,” Pascal Vicedomini, the film fest’s founder and the secretary general of the Capri in the World Institute, said in a statement. “In these difficult times, the Blue Island is more than ever at the forefront in promoting Italian movies throughout the world — a mission we have successfully been able to accomplish over the past 25 years. We are proud and excited to honor Rosi’s latest film.”
A campaign to promote this year’s unusual edition of Capri, Hollywood has featured video greetings from “friends of the fest” such as Andrea Bocelli, Terry Gilliam, Joseph Fiennes, Abel Ferrara and Steven Zaillian.