19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks, the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.
2-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with fellow soldiers, is hailed as a 'hero' after a harrowing Iraq battle. He'is brought home for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin.Written by
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Garrett Hedlund and Kirsten Stewart previously starred in On the road. See more »
Throughout the movie the members of Bravo are seen wearing the patch of the 1st Infantry Division on both shoulders of their uniforms. By tradition the insignia on the right shoulder would be unit a soldier previously served with in combat (Sergeant Shroom has the 101st's on his). Since this is the first combat tour for most of the squad there wouldn't be anything on them. **However, in Iraq it was traditional for units to award FWTS-SSIs ("combat patches") to troops after 30 days in theater, so this is not necessarily an error. See more »
Ang Lee's Presentation Before World Premiere Screening
Ang Lee: "As a New Yorker it is always a great honor to come here, and thank you. I know this is not easy to put out the new technology - it is not just a new technology, a new habit in watching movies - the way you engage in it, I hope it is different. It is a big effort to convert the theater, so we can project in the way I was shooting this. Right after the making of the movie Life of Pi , which I have a different reason in shooting digital and 3D, one answer I found ... I discover to have more questions: this is just closer to what I see and my eye was cramming for more details, more clarity, more lights, more performance , more ways of studying human faces, more drama, so I am in the curve of searching for the new answers in what digital film can offer us and two years ago Tom Rothman came to me with this wonderful book, it is a coming of age story, of a young solider , he did something heroic, and been brought back to celebrated it in a climax in a Dellas thanksgiving football halftime show. I thought to my self half time into movie if I could put the half time show and over the top half time show and where the soldiers are at the center of it with the sensation of the battle scene that he actually fire fight the experience, it will be quit a movie so I decide to go this terrifying journey, it's a long journey cuz most of the time I feel like I don't know how to make movies, that's very insecure. I am a honest person, so I let all my crew know that you are not good enough for the job and I constantly reminded them and they are okay with that, it's been a very brave, and heartfelt brilliant cast and crew to work with, the experience has been precious, cuz with that clarity what comes along is the freshest of devotion to the new dream we are creating.
I often asked myself can you dream with clarity, no. But reality is the first thing we exam, so we can do... this is kind of experimental movie, I hope you keep an open mind. Now I just survived the first show ever, I know where I am survived, I was there wrecking(?), I've done a lot of premieres, but nothing like this, cuz I am launching a new medium (applause), so you are the second group of the first one ever to see this image at 120 frames per second both eyes, at 4K which is eight times more the resolution than the 2K regular movie in 3D and 28 foot-lamberts which is about 8 or 9 times more brightness than the regular 3D movie you see, I wanna thank Real D and Christie, those two projectors, the server company who holds 40 times the data of the regular movie and the studio who allows us really experiment and everybody who works with me cast and crew alike which is go for and see what happened. It is a humbling experiment, let's wait and see what happen with the movie I hope you enjoy it, that's an understate, I hope you open your mind to the new way we can make movies, thank you!"
World Premiere, NYFF 54 Special Event, New York, New York. | Oct 14, 2016.
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