Gib­son wins Di­rec­tor Award for ‘Hack­saw Ridge’ from Capri Fes­ti­val

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Mel Gib­son has been awarded the Di­rec­tor of the Year honor for World War II drama “Hack­saw Ridge” at the 21st edi­tion of the Capri Hol­ly­wood In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. Bill Me­chanic, one of the film’s pro­duc­ers, ac­cepted the award on Gib­son’s be­half. Me­chanic has al­ready been hon­ored with the fes­ti­val’s Pro­ducer of the Year award for the movie. “Hack­saw Ridge” tells the story of Des­mond Doss, played by An­drew Garfield, who was a con­sci­en­tious ob­jec­tor for re­li­gious rea­sons and saved 75 lives in the Battle of Ok­i­nawa with­out fir­ing a sin­gle shot. Doss be­came the first con­sci­en­tious ob­jec­tor to be awarded the Con­gres­sional Medal of Honor.

“Hack­saw Ridge” pre­miered at the Venice Film Fes­ti­val and has grossed $64 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally and $78 mil­lion in­ter­na­tion­ally since open­ing in Novem­ber-in­clud­ing $40 mil­lion from China. “It took me 15 years to make this movie,” Me­chanic said on re­ceiv­ing the award at the Anacapri Cin­ema Paradiso stage. “Mel will be very happy to re­ceive this award. I al­ways thought he was per­fect for this film, but he only ac­cepted the ask on my third re­quest! It was very im­por­tant to make this movie.” It’s Gib­son’s first di­rect­ing job since 2006’s “Apoca­lypto.” His other di­rect­ing cred­its are “The Man With­out a Face,” “Brave­heart” and “The Pas­sion of the Christ.” “Hack­saw Ridge” will be screened in Ital­ian cin­e­mas be­gin­ning Feb. 7 through the Leone Film Group and Ea­gles Pic­tures. — Reuters

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