Captain Phillips at NYFF

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Why all of the world’s film festivals have to occur within the same time frame? Don’t ask me. It seems a real film fanatic would have a hard time trying to hit all of them at once. This October will play host to the 49th Chicago Film Festival, as well as the 51st New York Film Festival. Set to open the New York fest is Captain Phillips, a film based on the 2009 hijacking and hostage takeover of the MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates. Screenwriter Billy Ray, who is also working on an upcoming Sinatra biopic, adapted the screenplay for the movie following Captain Phillips’ novel, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea. Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93) directed Tom Hanks in the lead role, who is also gearing up for the release of Saving Mr. Banks which is due out this December. Captain Phillips is set to hit U.S. theaters October 11th.

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