New York Film Fest to open with “Life of Pi”

Ang Lee’s 3-D adaptation of Canadian author's bestseller will lead the way.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

The film version of the bestselling novel "Life of Pi," written by Canadian author Yann Martel, has been chosen to open the New York Film Festival (NYFF) next month. It's the first time that a 3D flick is opening the event.

The novel, which follows a young boy who develops a relationship with a tiger on a boat while lost at sea, was the recipient of slews of awards, including the distinguished Man Booker Prize. "I am both delighted and honored to be back at the New York Film Festival with Life of Pi," Ang Lee said in a statement (as reported on the official website for NYFF). "I have the deepest respect for 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."

Lee's "The Ice Storm" opened the event in 1997 and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" closed out the festival three years later. Ang Lee joins a small group of filmmakers who have had more than one film in the Opening Night slot – Robert Altman, Pedro Almodóvar and François Truffaut have each opened NYFF more than once.

The New York Film Festival runs from September 28th until October 14th.

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