In 2001 author Yan Martel brought the character Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, into the homes and hearts of every fictional literature lover in the world. The UK edition of the book won the Man Booker Prize and the French literary contest, Le Combat Des Livres in 2002, the 2003 South African award the Boeke Prize and in 2004 and won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Best Adult Fiction for years 2001–2003.
Needless to say, Life of Pi has carved itself an undeniable niche within the face of literature that would take a great deal of effort to remove. And now, legendary, academy award winning director Ang Lee, the genius behind film masterpieces such as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) and Brokeback Mountain (2005) has brought Life of Pi to the silver screen.
The much anticipated movie will be showing in December of 2012 and has already received some rave reviews. The screenplay, written by David Magee the writer behind Finding Neverland (2004) is cleverly and sincerely adapted from the words of the literary great and really does bring a whole new lease of life to the story.
As young Pi sees his family move from their zoo home in India, setting sail for the shores of Canada for a better life, nautical disaster befalls him. The young Indian somehow survives the shipwreck and finds a lifeboat. With only a zebra, a hyena, an orang-utan and a Bengal tiger for company he goes through a series of amazing, life affirming events all of which are magically yet effortlessly portrayed by some of the most spellbinding, magnetic scenery and post- production we have seen this year.
Visit the Vue Cinemas website for a more in depth synopsis and trailers of the movie as well as a behind the scenes look at the work that brought this amazing movie to life.
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