The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Ang Lee’s “The Life of Pi” will open the 50th New York Film Festival, where it will also make its world premiere. “The Life Of Pi” is the first 3D film to be presented as the opening night gala selection of the New York Film Festival, which runs September 28 through Oct. 14.
This marks the Academy Award-winning director’s return to the New York Film Festival, 12 years after “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which was the Closing Night Gala presentation in 2000 (the film was also nominated for an Oscar for best film and director in 2001).
The selection of “Life of Pi” puts Ang Lee in good company, with other directors Robert Altman, Pedro Almodóvar and François Truffaut as the only directors to have had more than one film chosen to open NYFF. Ang Lee’s film “The Ice Storm” was the opening night gala selection in 1997.
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