"Life Of Pi" will open the 2012 New York Film Festival. Directed by AngLee, "Life Of Pi" is an adaptation of Yann Martel's popularbest-selling novel about a young boy stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengaltiger. The film is in 3D. For the first time, the New York Film Festival willopen with a 3D film when the World Premiere of Ang Lee's Life of Pi kicks off the fest on Friday, September 28. The film stars Suraj Sharma as Pi, with support from Irrfan Khan and Tobey Maguire.
"I am both delighted andhonored to be back at the New York Film Festival with Life of Pi," Ang Lee said. "I have the deepest respectfor Richard Peña and his team and to be selected by them as the Opening Nightfilm for the 50th Anniversary is extremely gratifying. I am also excitedbecause this is my hometown, and to be unveiling this film that I am so proud of."
The story of young man who survivesa disaster at sea, Life of Pi isbased on Yann Martel's bestselling novel, long considered an un-filmable book.It takes place over three continents, two oceans and many years. Lee hasemployed breakthrough technology and his distinctive visual style in order totell this epic story.
For Lee, Life of Pi is his third film to feature at the New York FilmFestival; "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" closed the event in 2000,while "The Ice Storm" kicked things off in 1997.
The New York Film Festival runs fromSept. 28 to Oct. 14. Life of Pi releases in the US on Nov. 21.