Ang Lee’s film among most anticipated films of Oscar season: Variety

Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee's new film "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" has been listed as among the 20 most anticipated new films of the 2016-2017 Oscar season on Tuesday by U.S. entertainment magazine Variety.

"With this adaptation of Ben Fountain's 2012 novel, (Ang Lee) will be dabbling in high frame rate to put the audience in the heat of battle as he takes on a story in the anti-war spectrum. Whether he ultimately pulls it off or not, it's always exciting to see what a genius is up to," according to the Variety article.

The film is about a group of soldiers, including 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, who were celebrated for their exploits during the war in Iraq at halftime of a football game.

It was shot in 3-D format and at 4K resolution and 120 frames per second -- the highest frame rate for a movie in history.

Also on the Variety list was director Martin Scorsese's "Silence," which was shot in Taiwan.

"Silence" is an adaptation of late Japanese writer Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel of the same name. It is about the persecution of two Jesuit priests who traveled to Japan in the 17th century to find their mentor and spread Christianity.

Other films on the list include "Light Between the Oceans," "Gold," "Sully," "Rules Don't Apply," "20th Century Women," "Fences," "American Pastoral," "Hacksaw Ridge," "Passengers," "The 13th" and "Moonlight."

Rounding out the list are "Nocturnal Animals," "Voyage of Time: Life's Journey," "Live By Night," "Moana," "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," "Arrival" and "La La Land."

The Oscars ceremony is slated for Feb. 26 next year.

Source: Focus Taiwan