Life of Pi to Open New York Film Festival
08.13.12 by Ryan
The upcoming adaptation of Life of Pi recently debuted an impressive first trailer in preparation for its fall release, though those in New York will be able to see the movie a few months early, as the The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that the movie will make its world premiere as the Opening Night Gala presentation for the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival. The Festival opens on Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 14.
"I am both delighted and honored to be back at the New York Film Festival with Life of Pi," said director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), whose drama The Ice Storm was the Opening Night Gala selection in 1997. "I have the deepest respect for [Film Society of Lincoln Center Selection Committee Chair & Program Director] Richard Peña and his team and to be selected by them as the Opening Night Film for the 50th Anniversary is extremely gratifying. I am also excited because this is my hometown, and to be unveiling this film that I am so proud of here is a real pleasure."
Based on author Yann Martel’s international best seller, Life of Pi a young man (Suraj Sharma) who survives a disaster at sea and is marooned on a lifeboat with with a fearsome Bengal tiger, the ship's only other survivor. The book has sold more than seven million copies.
Life of Pi was adapted by David Magee (Finding Neverland) and co-stars Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man), Tobey Maguire and Gerard Depardieu.