The American Film Institute (AFI) will host the world premiere of Universal Pictures’ “By the Sea,” written, directed, produced by and starring Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie Pitt and also starring Brad Pitt (who gets a producer’s credit as well). “By the Sea” will be the featured film during the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi on Thursday, November 5 2015, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.
The film features an international cast that includes Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer. Available now at AFI.com are festival passes for purchase, which ensure reserved seats for Opening Night.
“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.
“By the Sea” centers on 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 (Laurent) and François (Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Arestrup) and Patrice (Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. In its style, and its treatment of themes of the human experience, “By the Sea” is inspired by European cinema and theater of the 1960s and 1970s.
Jolie Pitt is joined behind the scenes by a key crew that includes cinematographer Christian Berger (“The White Ribbon”), who used his Cine Reflect Lighting System to shoot the film; production designer Jon Hutman (“Unbroken”); editor Patricia Rommel (“The Lives of Others”); and costume designer Ellen Mirojnick (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”). Pitt joins her in production duties, while Chris Brigham (“Inception”), Holly Goline-Sadowski (“Unbroken”) and Michael Vieira (“Unbroken”) serve as executive producers. To learn more about “By the Sea,” visit the film’s official website at www.bytheseamovie.net
The American Film Institute (AFI) is America’s promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory. For more information about AFI, see www.AFI.com
A program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST presented by Audi is a celebration of global cinema and today’s Hollywood — a showcase for the best festival films of the year and an opportunity for master filmmakers and emerging artists to come together with audiences in the movie capital of the world. AFI FEST is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards. This year’s edition takes place November 5-12, 2015. Additional information about AFI FEST is available at www.AFI.com/AFIFEST