Last week, we reported the line-up for the 2012 New York Film Festival, which included Life of Pi, Amour, and Flight. Today, they’ve added some more noteworthy movies including Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy and The Shining documentary Room 237 (click here for my review of Room 237). They’ve also added some special screenings including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a 25th Anniversary showing of The Princess Bride, and a must-see showing of the new, 8K restoration of David Lean‘s Lawrence of Arabia. The Lawrence restoration will be available nationwide on October 4th.
Hit the jump to check out the additions to the line-up. The 2012 New York Film Festival runs from September 28 – October 14th.
The full line-up for the 2012 New York Film Festival has been announced. I’ve been impressed with the line-ups for the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, but they both have a surprising omission: Michael Haneke‘s Amour, which one the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. However, it won’t be bypassing the fall festival circuit entirely, and it will make its North American debut at NYFF. The festival will also open with Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi and Robert Zemeckis‘ Flight. In between, you have other exciting films like David Chase‘s Not Fade Away, Noah Baumbach‘s Frances Ha, Roger Michell‘s Hyde Park on Hudson, Brian de Palma‘s Passion, and more.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. Tickets for the 2012 New York Film Festival go on sale September 9th. The festival runs from September 28 – October 14th.
Director Ang Lee’s ambitious 3D adaptation of the classic Yann Martel novel Life of Pi has been chosen to open the New York Film Festival, where it will also be making its world premiere. For those unaware, the story centers on a young man (Suraj Sharma) who is stranded at sea with a Bengal tiger following a shipwreck. The simple premise gives way to themes of hope, courage, spirituality, and avoiding being eaten by a tiger. The first trailer for the film wowed us with some truly spectacular visuals, and further footage really impressed convention goers at CinemaCon earlier this year.
As the film includes no big stars and centers on the dialogue-light relationship between a boy and a tiger, Life of Pi is a tough sell for general audiences. The draw for holiday moviegoers will be the lush visuals, and I’m hoping Lee has cooked up an emotionally engaging and challenging adaptation of Martel’s novel. As the film has now been selected as the prestigious opening film at NYFF, we’ll have our first reactions to the full film on September 28th (as well as a clearer “yay or nay” concerning the pic’s Oscar chances). Life of Pi opens on November 21st.