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‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ to Debut at New York Film Festival

Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn), dancers, and Alabama State Marching Hornets in TriStar Pictures' BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK.
Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn), dancers, and Alabama State Marching Hornets in TriStar Pictures' BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK.
Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn), dancers, and Alabama State Marching Hornets in TriStar Pictures’ BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK.

One of awards season’s most anticipated films, Ang Lee‘s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” will have its premiere at the New York Film Festival, it was announced today.

The film is based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel of the same name by Ben Fountain. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, 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. The film features an adapted screenplay by Jean-Christophe Castelli.

Lee used new technology, shooting in 4K, native 3D at an ultra-high frame rate of 120 frames per second for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before.

The film will debut as part of the 54th NYFF at the AMC Lincoln Square on Oct. 14. The festival runs from Sept. 30 through Oct. 16.

New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said in a statement today, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk astonished me, and it moved me deeply—in the grandest way, as a story of America in the years after the invasion of Iraq, and on the most intimate person-to-person wavelength. Ang Lee has always gone deep into the nuances of the emotions between his characters, and that’s exactly what drove him to push cinema technology to new levels. It’s all about the faces, the smallest emotional shifts. In every way, Billy Lynn is the work of a master.”

Lee is a two-time winner of the Best Director honors at the Academy Awards. He won the distinction for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi.”

“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is set to debut in theaters Nov. 11.

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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.

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