Check This Out: Unique 'Life of Pi' Floating Boats Screening in Paris

December 7, 2012
Source: EW,

Life of Pi Paris Boat Screening

This is a great example of a Hollywood publicity stunt gone right. Perfect execution, unique concept, works for the movie and plays online wonderfully after. EW (via recently wrote about a movie event that happened in Paris, France called L'Odyssée de Pi: Cinéma sur l'eau - which directly translates to The Odyssey of Pi: Cinema on the Water. Fox France held a premiere screening, with the help of the City of Paris, of Ang Lee's wonderful Life of Pi—a must see if you haven't yet—inside the Piscine Pailleron swimming pool, a listed building in Paris. If you've read the book or seen the movie, that's how Pi gets his name. The audience sat in "Tsimtsum" lifeboats, complete with life jackets, to watch the 3D movie. Amazing.

The event was captured on video via YouTube, of course, for online promotion and it's worth watch. If only to make you jealous that you weren't there, in France, to experience this kind of screening yourself. The contents of the video described best by EW: "from boats being pushed into the pool to a red carpet rolled out next to the pool to fashionable Parisian audience members brightly proclaiming 'magnifique!'" Watch here:

"The next part of the story you will find hard to believe." If you haven't seen Life of Pi yet, be sure to catch it (my review). I really enjoyed this video and screening publicity "stunt" - I wish I had been there! Great idea. For a few more photos of the event, click over to Bravo, Fox. I'm a big fan of Life of Pi and I hope it continues to get awards acclaim this season, it deserves plenty. Even actor Ewan McGregor tweeted about loving it: "I saw 'The Life of Pi' last night. It's absolutely wonderful. I want to see it again and again."

Life of Pi is the story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific. Life of Pi, based on Yann Martel's novel, is being directed in 3D by Oscar winning Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee, of Taking Woodstock, Lust Caution, Brokeback Mountain, Hulk and Crouching Tiger previously. The cast includes Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain and Tabu, in addition to the animals and Pi. 20th Century Fox first released Life of Pi in theaters in 3D on November 21st - it's currently playing, check local listings. Jeremy's review.

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I would NOT want to see a movie this way. Good idea in theory, but probably bad news in real life. You'd get motion sickness trying to watch it if your boat-mates shifted their weight even just intermittently throughout. Wonder if anyone puked during this.

Kristalbailey on Dec 7, 2012


It WAS in a pool, maybe they kept all the waves and motion to a minimum? Though no backs in the seats for a 2 hour movie? I would take a chair...

Alex Billington on Dec 7, 2012


Yeah, but people fidget and their movements would move your boat. And I hadn't even thought about the no back support aspect! Yeah, great photo opp but I'd rather stick to the couches/seats on theaters. 🙂

Kristalbailey on Dec 7, 2012


That would DESTROY your back

brocollu on Dec 7, 2012


Good marketing stunt (free publicity!), but it looks uncomfortable..

Davide Coppola on Dec 8, 2012


nice idea but not comfortable

A5J4DX on Dec 8, 2012


That is the most unique and brilliant screening ever. While watching the movie one also constantly 'feeling' what its like being on the lifeboat with Pi, brilliant.

britwitapint on Dec 13, 2012

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