Thursday, August 27, 2015











Oscar-winning actor’s third film as a director tipped for awards season run after being handed Hollywood world premiere

 

Angelina Jolie’s new film, the intimate romantic drama By the Sea, has been handed an opening night world premiere at AFI Fest, the annual event laid on by the American Film Institute. The move suggests Jolie’s third film as a director, which she also stars in opposite her husband Brad Pitt as a couple facing a relationship crisis, may have some awards season potential.
“Time and again, Angelina Jolie Pitt has proven herself an artist of the highest calibre,” Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO, told the Hollywood Reporter. “It is an honour for AFI to celebrate her latest story with its world premiere and, in doing so, to shine a proper light upon her boundless creative energies as actor, director, writer and producer.”
“AFI has long supported the boldness and experimentation that accompanies provocative cinema,” said Jolie. “As a film-maker, and on behalf of our cast and crew, I am honoured to launch the film at the opening night gala for AFI Fest.”
AFI is often seen as a “best of the best”-style event which brings a multitude of festival hits from Toronto, Venice and Cannes to Hollywood ahead of the coming awards season. Recent opening night films include 2014’s A Most Violent Year, which won best film from the National Board of Review and scored Jessica Chastain a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress, as well as being mentioned by a number of critics on their annual top 10 lists, and 2013’s Saving Mr Banks, which went on to secure best actress Bafta, SAG and Golden Globes nominations for Emma Thompson, as well as a single Oscar nod for best score.

The mid 70s-set By the Sea, which reunites Jolie and Pitt on screen for the first time since 2005’s Mr and Mrs Smith, sees the pair as a married couple travelling through France who are forced to re-examine their relationship after an encounter with a younger couple (Mélanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud) in a seaside town. The first trailer, released earlier this month, hinted at a dysfunctional relationship, with Jolie’s tearstained character seen popping pills and slapping her lover against a gorgeous, opulent coastal backdrop.
Jolie’s previous films have received a mixed reaction from critics. Balkan war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey picked up a nod for best foreign language film at the celebrity-obsessed Golden Globes in 2011, and last year’s Unbroken scored Oscar nominations for Roger Deakins’ cinematography, as well as in two technical sound categories.
By the Sea will debut at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on 5 November, just over a week prior to its debut in US cinemas.


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World Premiere of BY THE SEA To Open AFI FEST 2015


AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi kicks off on Thursday, November 5 at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. The Opening Night Gala, the world premiere of BY THE SEA, follows an American writer (Brad Pitt) and his wife (Angelina Jolie Pitt) who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. The film is written, directed, produced by and stars Academy Award ® winner Jolie Pitt and co-produced by and stars Academy Award® winner Pitt.
“Time and again, Angelina Jolie Pitt has proven herself an artist of the highest caliber,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “It is an honor for AFI to celebrate her latest story with its World Premiere – and in doing so – to shine a proper light upon her boundless creative energies as actor, director, writer and producer.”
“AFI has long supported the boldness and experimentation that accompanies provocative cinema,” said Jolie Pitt. “As a filmmaker, and on behalf of our cast and crew, I am honored to launch the film at the Opening Night Gala for AFI FEST.”
“We are launching this year’s AFI FEST with a film that is fueled by the influence of both American and foreign cinema. Angelina Jolie Pitt’s intelligent artistry in BY THE SEA proves that she is one of today’s most creative and expressive filmmakers. It is a perfect way to kick off what will be eight days of incredible films from Hollywood and across the globe,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST.
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The 29th edition of AFI FEST will take place November 5–12, 2015 in the heart of Hollywood.








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Universal Pictures’ “By the Sea” will world premiere Nov. 5 as the opening-night film of the AFI Fest. Pic, to screen at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, was written, directed, produced by and stars Angelina Jolie Pitt and also stars and was produced by Brad Pitt.

The cast includes Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer.

The 29th AFI Fest takes place Nov. 5-12 in Hollywood. Screenings and galas will be held at the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.

Film festivals are increasingly important in a film’s awards campaign, and last year, the AFI Fest confirmed its key role when it premiered “Selma” and “American Sniper,” which both wound up with best-picture nominations. Last year’s AFI opening-night film was “A Most Violent Year.”

AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga said, “We are launching this year’s AFI Fest with a film that is fueled by the influence of both American and foreign cinema. Angelina Jolie Pitt’s intelligent artistry in ‘By the Sea‘ proves that she is among the most creative and expressive filmmakers today. It is a perfect way to kick off what will be eight days of incredible films from Hollywood and across the globe.”

Jolie Pitt said, “AFI has long supported the boldness and experimentation that accompanies provocative cinema. As a filmmaker, and on behalf of our cast and crew, I am honored to launch the film at the Opening Night Gala for AFI Fest.”

AFI president-CEO Bob Gazzale said, “Time and again, Angelina Jolie Pitt has proven herself an artist of the highest caliber. It is an honor for AFI to celebrate her latest story with its world premiere — and in doing so — to shine a proper light upon her boundless creative energies as actor, director, writer and producer.”

“By the Sea” follows American writer Roland (Pitt) and his wife Vanessa (Jolie Pitt) in a seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis.






Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY 3:39 p.m. EDT August 27, 2015

By the Sea is edging into awards season.
On Thursday Variety reported that the film, starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (and directed by Jolie) will hold its world premiere Nov. 5 as the opening-night film of the AFI Fest.
By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Mélanie Laurent) and François (Melvil Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Niels Arestrup) and Patrice (Richard Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.
"This is a story about a relationship derailed by loss, the tenacity of love, and the path to recovery and acceptance," says Jolie earlier this year.
AFI Fest takes place Nov. 5-12 in Los Angeles. It's a good place for this Sea to be: last year the festival premiered ultimate Oscar best-picture nominees Selma and American Sniper.
By the Sea will hit theaters on Nov. 13, almost a year after Jolie's last feature, Unbroken, was released.






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