Angelina Jolie Pitt’s next directorial effort By The Sea, in which she stars with husband Brad Pitt, has been given an awards-season release date of November 13 by Universal Pictures. The drama will face off against some wide openers that weekend: Warner Bros’ mine-disaster pic The 33, Paramount’s horror sequel Rings and Open Road’s Bill Murray-Bruce Willis pic Rock The Kasbah.
Written, directed and produced by the newly last-named Jolie Pitt, By The Sea follows American writer 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. Check out the first image from the film above.
Her previous film as director, Unbroken, bowed last Christmas and brought in $161.4M worldwide. It told the story of WWII hero and Olympian Louis Zamperini, who died in July 2014 at 95.
By the Sea is inspired by European cinema and theater of the 1960s and ’70s. “This is a story about a relationship derailed by loss, the tenacity of love and the path to recovery and acceptance,” Jolie Pitt said in a statement. “It has been a privilege to explore these universal human experiences with such a generous and talented cast and crew.”
Pitt joins his wife in production duties, while Chris Brigham (Inception) and Unbroken vets Holly Goline and Michael Vieira serve as executive producers.
Usually when announcements are made like this, the below-the-line crew is never mentioned, but it is this time. Classy. So, here we go: 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). Nicely done.