AFI Chooses Angelina Jolie’s By The Sea for Opening Slot

Posted by at 1:26 pm on August 27, 2015

BytheSeaBar640The Los Angeles festival has weighed into awards season with an eye-catching world premiere slot for Angelina Jolie Pitt’s marriage drama. By The Sea reunites Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt on screen for the first time since Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005 and will open the festival on November 5.

The film centres on a troubled couple who attempt to resolve their marital issues while on vacation at a French seaside resort in the 1970s.

Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer also star. Universal is scheduled to open the film in North America on November 13.

“Time and again, Angelina Jolie Pitt has proven herself an artist of the highest calibre,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “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 Pitt. “As a filmmaker, and on behalf of our cast and crew, I am honoured to launch the film at the opening night gala for AFI FEST.”

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