13 August 2012 11:46 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ang Lee's "The Life of Pi" will open the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14), the first 3-D film to do so. (Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" played as a 3-D work-in-progress last year.) Lee also screened Cannes entry "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" 12 years ago to close the fest, and opened it with "The Ice Storm" in 1997. Thus Lee joins master auteurs Robert Altman, Pedro Almodóvar and François Truffaut as the only directors to have opened the fest more than once. Lee wowed exhibitors with footage from the film at CinemaCon in Las Vegas in April, as distributor Twentieth Century Fox made it clear that they had high holiday and awards expectations for the film. Lee also participated in a rousing conversation with Martin Scorsese about how to shoot in 3-D. In 2009, the Film Society of Lincoln Center conducted a complete retrospective of Lee's work at the Walter Reade. »

- Anne Thompson

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