“Captain Phillips,” Paul Greengrass’ fact-based story of the hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship by Somali pirates, will have its world premiere at the
Organizers announced the news Monday, saying the
Centering on the 2009 hijacking of the
Greengrass, of course, is the acclaimed British director who has moved between big-budget action fare such as “The Bourne Ultimatum” and gritty lower-budget titles such as “United 93.” In announcing the selection, organizers touted Greengrass’ versatility.
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“At this point in his working life, Paul Greengrass has become a master of immersive reality-based narratives set along geopolitical fault lines,” said Film Society of
It is not the first time Greengrass has examined a standoff with international overtones set in a confined space — “United 93,” a critical darling when it was released in 2006, followed some of the same trajectory in telling the story of a
Early speculation had “Captain Phillips” possibly traveling the route to the Venice or Toronto film festivals before landing in this country. Instead, filmmakers opted for New York, whose opening night has been a prime commercial and awards launching pad in recent years. “
” kicked off the festival last year, while “The Social Network” began its fruitful run there in 2010.
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