After a slew of major premieres were announced for both the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival last month, critics and media have been wondering what high profile release was left for the coveted opening night of the New York Film Festival. Additionally, as its the 50th edition of NYFF, the Film Society of Lincoln Center would not want a second rate picture opening the celebrated festival. Happily, 20th Century Fox and Ang Lee have come to the rescue.
The Film Society announced today that Lee's adaptation of Yann Martel's popular novel "Life of Pi" will open the festival on Sept. 28. The Fox release is currently scheduled to open nationwide on Nov. 21.