“Above all, it is important not to lose hope.”
Lifeof Pi, released this year, based on the novel by Yann Martel, tells the story of a 16-year-old boy named Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel who suffers a shipwreck in which his family dies and is stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Upon release, the film was widely critically acclaimed and was also nominated for three Golden Globes including Best Picture and Best Director.
The film is directed by Ang Lee – a celebrated and loved filmmaker and winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the winner of Best Director for Brokeback Mountain – and has a stellar cast including Bollywood’s Irrfan Khan known from Slumdog Billionaire and Tabu, as well as Oscar-nominated Gerard Depardieu.
The film has also been released in 3D and has even been called a “miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mystery” by critics and perhaps is one of the best films this year. From one of the best filmmakers of our time, the film is a celebration of life and is bound to make those who love the novel proud.