Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is director Ang Lee’s follow up to his Oscar winning Life Of Pi.
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.
Ang 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.
Director Ang Lee has won two Best Director Oscars. For Life Of Pi and Brokeback Mountain. Neither of those films won the Best Picture Oscar, ironically, making him the only director in history to win two Oscars for Best Director but never winning an Oscar for Best Picture.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is an American war drama film written by Simon Beaufoy (Oscar winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire), and is based on the best selling novel of the same name by Ben Fountain.