New York Film Festival To Open With Robert Zemeckis 3D Philippe Petit World Trade Center Thriller, ‘The Walk’
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has selected The Walk to open the 53rd New York Film Festival on September 25 at Alice Tully Hall. The Robert Zemeckis-directed film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as as Philippe Petit, the French aerial artist who in 1974 walked a tightrope strung between the Twin Towers. This is a statement film for Tom Rothman, the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman who made The Walk his first major picture when he revived the TriStar label. While he ran Fox, Rothman premiered the Ang Lee-directed Life Of Pi as the Opening Night Gala in 2012. It was an ideal showcase for a daring film — the 3D quality was superb — that went on to gross $609 million worldwide. It won four Oscars including Best Director for Lee, who is currently making Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk for TriStar. It also turned out to be Rothman’s final major film before leaving the studio.