Husband and wife team Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who first worked together on Doug Liman’s smash spy thriller “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” are back together on-screen in the relationship drama “By the Sea,” which Universal Pictures has slated for awards-friendly release on November 13, 2015. International markets will follow.
Writer-director-producer Jolie Pitt is following up her Christmas 2014 Universal release “Unbroken.” This time she stars in the film opposite Pitt, who plays American writer Roland, who arrives at a 70s French seaside resort with his wife (Jolie Pitt) to work on their marriage. They spend time with fellow guests, including young newlyweds Lea (Mélanie Laurent) and François (Melvil Poupaud), as well as village locals Michel (Niels Arestrup) and Patrice (Richard Bohringer). “By the Sea” is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s. “This is a story about a relationship derailed by loss,” said Jolie Pitt, “the tenacity of love, and the path to recovery and acceptance.”
“Anytime you do something based on history and you have respect for the subject matter and you have a responsibility to the past, it’s quite a lot of pressure and with something as logistically complicated as “Unbroken,” to go to a very small piece that I wrote about relationships that’s very experimental and logistically easy was a very nice change,” Jolie Pitt told me when “Unbroken” opened, admitting it that “it wasn’t fun or easy” to direct herself. She did enjoy her husband though: “Yes, that was actually more fun. Working with him was a real pleasure. He’s a joy to work with.”
“Angie and Brad have created an intimate gem of a film that will surprise people,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures, “and delivers an experience they might not expect from them.”
The crew is led by 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 also produced. Chris Brigham (“Inception”), Holly Goline (“Unbroken”) and Michael Vieira (“Unbroken” are executive producers.