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.
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.