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Movie of the Day - LIFE OF PI

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LIFE OF PI is nominated for 11 categories, including Original Song (Nominee: Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri) and Cinematography (Nominee: Claudio Miranda). Young Pi, the son of zookeepers in Pondicherry, India, finds the world he knows swept away when his family sells the zoo and sets sail for Canada with a few of its remaining animals.  A storm capsizes the ship and only Pi escapes, set adrift in a lifeboat that is also the refuge of an enormous Bengal tiger.

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“I didn’t know what I was thinking about but I just thought, ‘Here’s a water movie without Tom Hanks.’ I got to do something to visualize the inner feeling.” –Ang Lee, director and producer

“One of the most important themes, I think, overarching themes was the idea of storytelling. And it wasn’t just about different faiths and different religions.” –David Magee, screenwriter

“Musically, we wanted to have those elements of French, of Indian, and be able to toss things back and forth effortlessly.” Mychael Danna, composer

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