Ang Lee's Life Of Pi To Open This Year's New York Film Festival
Last week we learned that Robert Zemeckis' Flight will be the final film of this year's New York Film Festival, and today we have learned the title that will be kicking the whole thing off. It has been announced by the Film Society and Lincoln Center that Ang Lee's Life of Pi will be opening this year's festival, which also happens to the 50th anniversary of the event. The even will be a landmark, as it will be the first 3D movie to open the proceedings. The premiere will be held on Friday, September 28th and Lee will be on-hand to present the film.
Based on the best selling novel by Yann Martel, the adventure film follows a boy named Pi as he travels with his family and the animals of their zoo to Canada. When the boat that they are on gets trapped in a violent storm and capsizes, the members of Pi's family get trapped and die, but the protagonist manages to survive by getting into one of the lifeboats...but he's not alone. Along with him in the middle of the Pacific are a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
Previews of the 3D film were shown prior to screenings of Prometheus earlier this summer as a way for 20th Century Fox to show off the film before release, but back in April I had the chance to watch two extended scenes from the movie while attending CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Getting to watch the sequence where the boat capsizes and another where Pi is attacked by a school of flying fish - you can read my full recap HERE - I was impressed by the tone and scope of the film, not to mention the beauty of the cinematography and the 3D, which was fantastic. For those not attending NYFF this year you will be able to see Life of Pi for yourself on December 21st and to read more about the movie head over to our Blend Film Database.
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