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On the road to the Oscars

A not-so-crouching tiger
With Spanish subtitles

Directed by Ang Lee
Starring Suraj Sharma, Irfan Khan, Gérard Depardieu, Ayush Tandon, Tabu, Rafe Spall

USA, China | 2012 | 35 mm | 127 min | Drama, Adventure | PG 13
English with Spanish subtitles

An adaptation of a supposedly "unfilmable" book, Ang Lee's Life of Pi achieves the near impossible: an astonishing technical achievement that's also emotionally rewarding. Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, this magical adventure story centers on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zoo keeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival. A tale of faith and hope.

Screenplay by David Magee, based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel
Cinematography by Claudio Miranda
Editing by Tim Squyres
Score by Mychael Danna

2012 American Film Institute Awards
: Won, One of the 10 Best Movies of the Year
2013 Golden Globes (to be announced on January 13): Nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Original Score
2013 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (To be announced on January 15): Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Young Actor/Actress (Suraj Sharma), Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Score
2013 Image Awards: Nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Suraj Sharma)
2012 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards: Won, Best Cinematography; Nominated, Best Adapted Screenplay

“Don't wait for Netflix. Life of Pi demands to be seen on the biggest screen you can find.” Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

“Every once in a long while, the right director comes across the right project at just the right moment, and things so often discordant fall into perfect harmony.” - Rick Groen , Globe and Mail

"Life of Pi both draws the audience in and encourages it to settle back, the better to enjoy its virtually nonstop display of daring, wonder and cinematic virtuosity.” - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“You don't just watch this movie, you live it.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Ang Lee's Life of Pi is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery.”
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


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