Now that The Birth of a Nation is pretty much dead in the water, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk jumps up a notch in the Best Picture race. America will now gets its first look at Ang Lee’s highly anticipated film as it will screen as a Special World Premiere Presentation at the 54th New York Film Festival on Friday, October 14th at the AMC Lincoln Square. 

Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “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.”

The “cinema technology ” he refers to BFLHWH being the first full-length film shot in 4K, native 3D at the ultra high rate of 120 frames-per-second. This will be the first time ever that this format will be screened publicly. I would guess that the Alice Tully Hall and Walter Reed Theater, the usual NYFF screening locations, are not equipped to screen in this new format. Hence the Lincoln Center AMC location. 

This will be my third year attending the NYFF.  Those of us with limited resources have to narrow down our top choices and hope the dates are close together. My hope is to catch Billy Lynn, Manchester by The Sea and possibly Moonlight or Personal Shopper.