The Weinstein Co’s emotional crowd-pleasing drama Lion has been selected to receive the award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 21st Capri Hollywood International Film Festival. The Garth Davis-directed adaptation of Saroo Bierley’s memoir A Long Way Home stars Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. It was the runner-up for the People’s Choice Award in Toronto this past September and Kidman was recently set for the 2017 International Star prize in Palm Springs. The Capri Hollywood award will be presented on December 29 at the Cinema Paradiso in Anacapri.
Luke Davies wrote the script from Brierley’s book which tells the moving story of an Indian boy adopted by an Australian couple who, tormented by his past, decides to search for his mother with the help of a never-say-die attitude and Google Earth. Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Divian Ladwa also star.
“Lion is a wonderful, uplifting tale brought to the big screen through great storytelling and for this reason it deserves the Capri Award as well as many other awards,” says Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, honorary Capri president. “It’s a universal story about family values that reaches the hearts of audiences worldwide,” adds the festival’s founder and producer Pascal Vicedeomini.
Previously announced 2016 Capri Awards include Best Ensemble Cast for Damien Chazelle’s La La Land; Producer of the Year to Bill Mechanic for Hacksaw Ridge; Best Documentary and European Movie of the Year to Gianfranco Rosi’s Berlin winner Fire At Sea; Best European Director to Stephen Frears for Florence Foster Jenkins; and the Capri Lifetime Achievement Award to Israel’s Amos Gitai.
The Capri Hollywood Festival runs December 27-January 2 on the Italian island.