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Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi' to open New York Film Festival
Ang Lee’s new movie, "Life of Pi," will open the New York Film Festival on Friday, a prestigious honor for the Oscar-winning director.
Lee, who has called Larchmont home, directed the adaptation of the popular Yann Martel novel about an Indian boy marooned on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. The 3-D movie, starring Irrfan Khan, Gérard Depardieu and newcomer Suraj Sharma as the titular character, will make its official premiere at the festival.
This is the third time one of Lee’s films has been featured at the festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. “The Ice Storm” screened there in 1997, and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” in 2000.
A movie featuring stars with Hudson Valley ties will close out this year’s event, too. “Flight,” starring Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington and former Purchase College student Melissa Leo, will be the final film screened at the festival, which concludes Oct. 14.
Check out the trailer for “Life of Pi”: