The 51st New York City Film Festival: Daily Still – Captain Phillips

Today begins The 51st New York Film Festival with 17 days of exciting world premieres, award winners from Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, retrospective screenings, spotlights on emerging filmmakers, panels, galas and much more! Join us here at MoviefiedNYC, as we bring you our daily selection of the one film playing today that we think you shouldn’t miss. Happy NYFF!

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Captain Phillips directed by Paul Greengrass
USA |

Opening Night! World Premiere!

In April 2009, four Somali teenage pirates in a stolen Taiwanese fishing vessel seized the Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship bound for Mombasa. When the crew resisted, the pirates left with the Captain, Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), and tried to make it ashore in the ship’s high speed lifeboat. What followed was a tense stand-off that was closely watched by the entire planet. Paul Greengrass, one of the incontestable masters of reality-based fictional filmmaking, and writer Billy Ray have crafted a film (based on Phillips’ account of the incident) that is at once an edge-of-your-seat thriller and a careful accounting of a daring geopolitical chess game that is equally attentive to both sides. Tom Hanks in the title role shares most of his screentime with four first-time actors (Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahet M. Ali) as the pirates, and they are nothing short of electrifying. A Sony Pictures release.

Series: NYFF51: Official Selection
Venue: Alice Tully Hall

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