'Life of Pi' to Open New York Film Festival and 'The Master' to Screen in Toronto in 70mm

The MasterI'll start with the news that concerns me specifically, which is Toronto Film Festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey confirming on Twitter Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master will be playing the festival in 70mm. I am assuming this will be at the Scotiabank Theatre, which hold the majority of the screenings during the fest, but Bailey wasn't giving anything away, telling me, "We announce schedule 8/21. Top secret until then."

Meanwhile, the New York Film Festival has announced its opening night film will be Ang Lee's highly anticipated Life of Pi. The 3-D adaptation of Yann Martel's best-selling novel will open the fest on September 28 before arriving in theaters on November 21. It's the second big "get" for the fest, which will be closing with Robert Zemeckis's Flight starring Denzel Washington.

Recent openers at the NYFF include Carnage last year, David Fincher's The Social Network, The Queen and Good Night, and Good Luck.

Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon closed the fest back in 2000 and this marks the filmmaker's first time back since.

Life of Pi centers on a young man (Suraj Sharma) who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship's only other survivor -- a fearsome Bengal tiger. Gerard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan and Tabu co-star.

I've included the film's first trailer directly below.

  • The Dude

    Brad, from what I've heard, the public screening will be at the Princess of Wales theatre, and the press screening(s) will be at the Lightbox, which has 70mm capabilities.

    • The Dude

      This could just be speculation though.

  • Travis

    God, I wish I could make it to TIFF. The Master in 70 mm, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Rust and Bone, etc. I just don't have the time.

  • John

    Brad, do you know if the Master will be getting 70mm release to the public once it starts playing?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Yes, but where has not yet been revealed outside of the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. I'm sure once we get closer to the release a theatrical list will be provided and I'll be sure to post it once it is.

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    Bit confused as it pertains to The Master and the 70mm showing. Was the film shot on 70mm? Apologies for being dull as it pertains to this, but I was under the impression it was shot on 35mm. Is it just a blow-up?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Shot on 65mm with other 5 dedicated to the soundtrack.

      • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

        I had no idea. Awesome.