Friday Night Flicks to feature three Ang Lee films

Apr 24, 2014

Belfast — Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee has emerged as one of the world’s most acclaimed film makers, one of the very few to have been awarded two Best Director Oscars. In May, Friday Night Flicks at the Belfast Free Library will showcase Lee’s stunning versatility by presenting three of his very finest films. All the films are presented free of charge in the Abbott Room, with 7 p.m. show times.

Lee fulfilled a childhood dream when he made Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a “wuxia” film, a type of Chinese fantasy epic, into a worldwide sensation. A mix of adventure, action and romance, it became the highest grossing foreign language film in the United States, Britain and many other countries, and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be presented on May 2.

In 2005, Brokeback Mountain, the May 9 feature, became one of the most talked about movie of all time. Based on a story by Annie Proulx, and featuring a great cast that includes Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhall, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams, this story of the complicated relationship between two cowhands was both a commercial and critical success.

On May 23, the chosen film is Life Of Pi. Pi Patel is a young man who finds himself in a most unusual situation; adrift in a lifeboat with one other passenger, a Bengal tiger. The tale of his journey is both a great adventure and a thought provoking philosophical exercise. Roger Ebert praised the film as "a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery.”

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