Italy’s Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival has named Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida as its Best Foreign Language Film. The 1960s Polish drama was shortlisted for an Oscar last week, has a Golden Globe nomination, and won five European Film Awards earlier this month. Pawlikowski will receive the prize in Capri where the festival straddles the New Year, running from December 27-January 2. Shot in black and white, Ida tells the story of Anna, an orphan who travels to meet her only living relative before taking vows to become a nun. With her aunt Wanda, the pair sets out to discover the truth about the girl’s parents’ death as it’s also revealed that Anna’s real name is Ida and she is Jewish.
Capri sees itself as a “lucky charm” for awards season, having recently given prizes to The Great Beauty and The Artist. It also welcomes overseas talent with guests this year to include David O Russell, Timothy Spall and Ellar Coltrane. European premieres include Cake with Jennifer Aniston and Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner while Italian premieres feature The Imitation Game, Into The Woods and Mr Turner. Among awards season buzz titles that will screen are Birdman, The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Still Alice.