November 5, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s a cliche to hear a film is not just a film, it’s an experience, but it’s truly difficult to find more fitting words to describe the best film of Ang Lee’s already impressive repertoire, the beautiful, exciting, emotional and thought-provoking “Life of Pi”, which screened last night at the AFI Film Festival. A slow and contemplative meditation on life and faith mixed seamlessly with some of the most intense, most jaw-dropping action sequences you will ever see, “Life of Pi” is a nearly perfect movie that also boasts the most beautiful use of 3D since “Avatar.”
August 13, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Ang Lee takes a big step into the Oscar race as it was announced today his visionary adaptation of bestselling novel “Life of Pi” will have its world premiere as the Opening Night film of the New York Film Festival on September 28th.
Based on the Yann Martel book, newcomer Suraj Sharma plays the titular Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, who, on a journey to Canada with his family and their small zoo of exotic animals, finds himself stranded on a small lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, a hyena, an injured zebra and an orangutan. The animals inevitably begin killing and eating each other, leaving Pi with the tiger, who’s named Richard Parker. The film has been flying somewhat under the radar compared to splashier Oscar hopefuls, but has been quietly creating a buzz, especially after the first 3D footage from the film dazzled critics in attendance at CinemaCon in April.
“’Life of Pi’ is a perfect combination of technological innovation and a strong artistic vision,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center Selection Committee Chair & Program Director Richard Peña. “Ang Lee has managed to make a deeply moving, engrossing work that will delight audiences as much as it will astonish them. We’re enormously proud to have this film for our Opening Night for the 50th NYFF.”
Lee is an old friend of the New York Film Festival, having previously premiered “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” as the closing night film in 2000, and “The Ice Storm” opened the festival in 1997.
July 25, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It’s always tough to adapt a beloved novel for the big screen but the first trailer for “Life of Pi“ hit the internet today and it looks like Oscar winning director Ang Lee may win over the sceptics.
Filmed in 3D and starring newcomer Suraj Sharma, “Life of Pi” is a fantasy adventure novel written by Yann Martel and adapted for the screen by David Magee. The film follows protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, who survives 227 days after a shipwreck, while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger, and explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age.
The first trailer looks absolutely stunning, and considering this is one film currently on many Best Film awards watch lists, we’re sure we can also add it to the cinematography field.
Click below for the trailer. “Life of Pi2 is set for release on November 21st 2012.
April 25, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s shaping up to be one of the most surreal and visually stunning movies of the year, but has been talked about very little, but at last we have our first look at Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel “Life of Pi.” Via Cinema Blend comes this first image of newbie actor Suraj Sharma as the titular Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, who, on a journey to Canada with his family and their small zoo of exotic animals, finds himself stranded on a small lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, a hyena, an injured zebra and an orangutan. The animals inevitably begin killing and eating each other, leaving Pi with the tiger, who’s named Richard Parker.
The first still image gives us a glimpse of the journey of Pi and Richard Parker, in an especially meticulous, surreal and striking landscape. The two go on to more magical adventures after their shipwreck, so we can only imagine how stunning the imagery for the rest of the film will be. “Life of Pi” opens on December 21st, right in the midst of Oscar season, and certainly seems to be a strong contender, at least for Cinematography.
See the full image below.