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January 2, 2015 (New York, NY) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) was excited to announce today that their hit holiday release THE HATEFUL EIGHT took the Capri Hollywood Film Festival by storm, being awarded four major honors. The festival, which is in it’s 20th
year, named writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film Best Movie. Additionally, Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh were awarded Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, and legendary composer Ennio Morricone received the prize for Best Musical Score. The awards were announced by Lina Wertmuller, Honorary President of the Festival as well as Pascal Vicedomini, Secretary General of the Institute Capri In The World. The festival’s prestigious board includes such excellent names as Oscar recipients Bille August, Bobby Moresco, Gianni Quaranta, Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, film producers Aurelio De Laurentiis, Fulvio Lucisano and Marina Cicogna, Franco Nero, Andrea Purgatori, Mimmo Calopresti, Tony Renis and Israeli singer Noa.
TWC’s critically-acclaimed CAROL also received special recognition from the festival, getting awarded Best Adapted Screenplay for writer Phyllis Nagy and Best Production Design for Judy Becker. CAROL’s three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell was given the Legend Award.
Commented TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein: “Quentin Tarantino and the entire team from THE HATEFUL EIGHT are beyond thrilled to have been acknowledged in such a big way from the Capri Hollywood Film Festival. He is a massive fan of Italian cinema, which he often pays homage to in many of his films. I believe that this fantastic accolade is the beginning of the road to the Academy Award Best Motion Picture nomination that Quentin thoroughly deserves.”
Said Leigh: “The experience of being in one of Quentin’s films and a part of this phenomenal cast was rewarding in and of itself, but to be honored by such an incredible institution as the Capri-Hollywood Film Festival makes it all the more meaningful,” she said. “Pascal Vicedomini and the entire organization have made this event a pillar of the awards season, and I am flattered beyond words to be recognized by them this year.”
THE HATEFUL EIGHT is due in Italian theaters on February 4th. The film debuted in the U.S. on Christmas Day on 100 screens in 44 cities in a special limited release, which features an extended version of the film shot and exhibited in the exceedingly rare Ultra Panavision 70mm. Since opening nationwide on December 31st, it has grossed an impressive $30.56M at the domestic box office.
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 341 Oscar nominations and won 81 Academy Awards.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS: THE KING’S SPEECH; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON; WOMAN IN GOLD; SOUTHPAW, CAROL, MACBETH and THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Upcoming releases include JANE GOT A GUN, SING STREET and THE FOUNDER.
TWC boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. TWC Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, Under The Gunn, and Threads. Scripted series include John Fusco’s Marco Polo with Netflix, going into its second season. Other recent TWC television productions include Mob Wives, Million Dollar Shoppers, Rodeo Girls, Cement Heads and Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor. Scripted projects in development include War & Peace, Ten Commandments and Daniel Stashower’s The Hour Of Peril. TWC also developed Nanny Diaries and produced The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
ABOUT THE CAPRI HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL
Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival – which over the course of a week, presented 80 films including premieres and special screenings, symposiums and music performances – is an event founded and produced by Pascal Vicedomini. The festival is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (D.G Cinema), the Campania Region (Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage), Italian Trade Agency, as well as by the Towns of Capri and Anacapri, with the participation of Rainbow, Ambi Group, Mediaset and Rai.