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Film Will Unspool January 1st On Italy’s Emerald Isle

CAPRI (Naples), Italy, November 21, 2016 – “La La Land,” the eagerly anticipated and original American romantic musical written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, and J. K. Simmons, will receive Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival’s 2016 ‘Best Ensemble Acting Award’, it was announced here today by iconic Italian filmmaker Lena Wertmuller, chairperson of the Capri in the World Institute. The Festival’s 21st edition will run from December 26, 2016 to January 2, 2017.

The film from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment, which will be released in Italy by the Leone Film Group, will screen on the evening of January 1st.

Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”, set in modern day Los Angeles, tells the story of Mia (Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

Oscar®-winner Barry Morrow will be chairing the 2016 edition of Capri, Hollywood with Israeli singer Noa serving as its president. As previously announced, American producer Bill Mechanic has been named ‘Producer of the Year’; British director Stephen Frears is ‘European Director of the Year’ and multi-award-winning scenic designer and set decorator (respectively) Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Sciavo will be presented with the Festival’s ‘Legend Award.’

This year’s Festival will revolve around the subject of “Mercy” and will celebrate Gianfranco Rosi’s movie “Fuocoammare”  (“Sea of Fire”) — Italy’s Best Foreign Language Film entry in the Oscar’s — as ‘European Movie of the Year’. The Festival is backed by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (D.G Cinema), of the Campania Region (Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage) with the City of Capri and the Municipality of Anacapri.

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Clayton Davis--prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. Over the course of a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched "Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived head first into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and most importantly, the Academy Awards. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and International Press Academy. Furthermore, Clayton obtained his B.A. degree in American Studies and Communications.