‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ To Have World Premiere at New York Film Festival
The 2016 New York Film Festival is shaping up to have one of the most ambitious lineups in years. On top of opening with the very first documentary in the festival’s history with Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th, this year’s fest will also host the world premiere of a big innovation in cinema technology.
It was announced on Monday that Ang Lee‘s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk will make its world premiere at the festival next month. The film, which tells the story of an Iraq war hero, is the first full length feature to be shot in 4K, native 3D at 120fps and its NYFF premiere will mark the first time the format will be screened publicly. In a press release, NYFF director Kent Jones praised Lee’s work on the film and called Billy Lynn “the work of a master.”
The film is based on Ben Fountain novel and follows a 19-year-old private (Joe Alwyn) who comes home on a victory tour and walks in a Thanksgiving Day football game halftime. Billy Lynn jumps between the present day at the halftime walk and flashbacks of Billy and his squads experiences in Iraq. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund and Steve Martin.
This year’s NYFF lineup will also be a big year for Stewart who has two other films screening at the fest, Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper from Cannes and Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women from Sundance. Other lineup highlights include Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea, James Gray’s The Lost City of Z, Mia Hansen-Løve’s (Eden) Things To Come, the Dardennes Brothers’ The Unknown Girl, and Paul Verhoeven's Elle. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk opens in theaters November 11.