The roar of “Lion” resonated with the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival. The film will receive Best Adapted Screenplay honors at the 21st edition of the event, the fest announced today.
“’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. The festival’s founder and producer Pascal Vicedeomini adds, “It’s a universal story about family values that reaches the hearts of audiences worldwide.”
The Weinstein Company drama tells the story of 5-year-old Saroo, who becomes lost on a train while waiting for his brother. The train ultimately takes him away from his home, thousands of miles across India. For a while, Saroo has to learn how to survive in Kolkata, before finally being adopted by an Australian couple. Over two decades later, an adult Saroo (Dev Patel) becomes resolved to find his lost family, using Google Earth to help him track them down. Nicole Kidman stars as Saroo’s adopted mother.
Our own Clayton Davis said this of the film: “Based on the incredible true story, ‘Lion’ is an inspiration and a testament to the vitality of the human condition and who we really are.”
Kidman will receive the International Star Award for her work in the film from the Palm Springs Film Fest.
Previously announced 2016 Capri Awards include Best Ensemble Cast for Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land”; Best European Director to Stephen Frears for “Florence Foster Jenkins”; Best Documentary and European Movie of the Year to Gianfranco Rosi’s “Fire At Sea”; Producer of the Year to Bill Mechanic for “Hacksaw Ridge”; and the Capri Lifetime Achievement Award to Israel’s Amos Gitai.
The Capri Hollywood Festival takes place Dec. 27 through Jan. 2 in Capri, Italy.