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New York Film Festival to Open with Paul Greengrass Oscar Hopeful 'Captain Phillips,' Starring Tom Hanks

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 29, 2013 at 12:31PM

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that its upcoming 51st New York Film Festival will open with Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks in the real-life tale of a cargo ship captain contending with Somali pirates.
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"Captain Phillips"
"Captain Phillips"

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will open its upcoming 51st New York Film Festival with Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks in the real-life tale of a cargo ship captain contending with Somali pirates. Producers Scott Rudin and Michael De Luca also chose the NYFF as the launch for their "The Social Network" Oscar campaign. Rudin also has the Coen brothers Cannes entry "Inside Llewyn Davis" (CBS Films, December 6) on his awards season docket.

'Captain Phillips'
'Captain Phillips'

Penned by Billy Ray, this year's NYFF opener is adapted from the book "A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea," by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. Watch the trailer here.

Here's a more detailed synopsis of the film, set to hit theaters October 11:

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is—through Greengrass’s distinctive lens—simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization.  The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi).  Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control.

The festival runs September 27 through October 13. Check out the NYFF website here.

This article is related to: Festivals, New York Film Festival , Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.