Two-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. 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. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before. Lee directed and produced the film, from a screenplay by Jean-Christophe Castelli and based on the novel by Ben Fountain. Marc Platt, Rhodri Thomas, and Stephen Cornwell are also producers.
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today’s greatest contemporary filmmakers. He has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards, winning 2; 4 Golden Globe Awards, winning 2; and 4 Directors Guild of America Awards, winning 2.
Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) swept the Oscar nominations with 10 nominations, ultimately winning Best Foreign Language Film, as well as Best Director at the Golden Globes, and became the highest grossing foreign-language film ever released in America.
IT’S THE BEST 3D I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE…
HOWARD LUKK, SOCIETY OF MOTION PICTURE ENGINEERS EXECUTIVE
THE FILM ISN’T SIMPLY A TECHNOLOGICAL EXPERIMENT;
IT’S ALSO A HIGHLY
AND ENGROSSING STORY.
OWEN GLEIBERMAN, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY