Ang Lee's big screen adaptation of Yann Martel's hit fantasy novel "Life of Pi" is set to open the New York Film Festival on September 28. This will be the second opening slot for Lee at the prestigious event, following his 1997 opening with "The Ice Storm."
Lee's 3D adaptation of the work brings a new twist on Martel's story of a boy lost at sea in a small boat with a Bengal tiger as a companion. Speaking of the opening night honor, Lee said it's a thrill:
"I am both delighted and honoured to be back at the New York Film Festival with Life of Pi," he said to the BBC. "I have the deepest respect for (Film Society of Lincoln Center program director) Richard Pena and his team and to be selected by them as the opening night film for the 50th anniversary is extremely gratifying."
It seems Pena has similar feelings for Lee, as he recently called "Life of Pi" "a perfect combination of technological innovation and a strong artistic vision."
by RTT Staff Writer
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