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Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt's 'By the Sea' to Open AFI Fest 2015!

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt's 'By the Sea' to Open AFI Fest 2015!

Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt‘s upcoming movie By the Sea will have its world premiere as the opening night movie at the 2015 AFI Fest!

The film will premiere on November 5 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Angelina wrote, directed, acted in and produced the movie! Brad was also a producer and his wife’s co-star.

“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,” Angelina said in a statement (via Variety).

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  • JPFamily

    Thanks Jared – wow I can’t wait for By The Sea!

    AFI Official Press Release:
    http://afifestpress.afi.com/press-releases/by-the-sea-opening-night-world-premiere
    WORLD PREMIERE OF BY THE SEA TO OPEN AFI FEST 2015 PRESENTED BY AUDI

    Film by Angelina Jolie Pitt
    to Launch the Festival on November 5
    at the Historic TCL Chinese Theatre

    Passes to Ensure Seating Available Now at AFI.com

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, August 27, 2015 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that the World Premiere of Universal Pictures’ BY THE SEA — written, directed, produced by and starring Academy Award®winner Angelina Jolie Pitt and also starring and produced by Academy Award ®winner Brad Pitt — will be the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi on Thursday, November 5, 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.

    The 29th edition of AFI FEST takes place November 5–12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings and Galas will be held at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Dolby Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.

    “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.

    AFI FEST remains the only global event of its caliber to offer free individual tickets to screenings and events as a gift to the community. These free tickets will be available to the general public online at AFI.com beginning Monday, October 26. Available for purchase now at AFI.com are AFI FEST Patron Packages and Express Passes — which can include access to sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events.

    As part of their membership benefit, AFI members will receive a complimentary AFI FEST Cinepass, which allows access to all regular screenings at this year’s festival. Additionally, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above level receive a 10% discount on all AFI FEST Patron Packages and Express Passes. Information about AFI membership is available at AFI.com/membership.

    For the 12th consecutive year, AFI FEST is proud to have Audi as the presenting sponsor. Additional top sponsors include AT&T; American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; and VIZIO.

    About BY THE SEA

    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 (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 http://www.bytheseamovie.net.

  • toastie postie

    Woo hoo! I’m with you on that. Normally, at my age, I do not want time to go by too fast, but for the JPs, I don’t mine too much. :0)
    I never was the patient type though.

  • 50ftQueenie

    I’m so conflicted, I desperately want summer to last and yet…

  • toastie postie

    I know. My grandkids are already back in school.

  • bap

    I am so proud of Holly being executive producer.

  • 50ftQueenie

    My big little one starts kindergarten in two weeks 😢, I have that same kind of end of August dread as if I were the one going back to school lol.

  • 50ftQueenie

    Saw pics of Tootsie, oops I mean Ticky, on set in Atlanta and there is one shot where an assistant is holding an umbrella shielding her from the sun lol. For real? Her skin is practically charcoal. I think it might be a little late to become sun conscious lol.

  • Observer2

    Couldn’t they use the umbrella to shield us from her face? LOL

  • JPFamily

    Ooooh I know, I’m not so patient either, and especially with this movie. So proud of Angelina and Brad and all the cast and crew.

    Reposting New By The Sea image via AFI:
    AFI FEST ‏@AFIFEST 23 mins
    The world premiere of @ByTheSeaMovie will open AFI FEST 2015.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNb0LOPUsAAl_n1.jpg

    Plus from By The Sea website:
    http://www.bytheseamovie.co.uk/#storypop
    STORY
    Written, directed and produced by Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie Pitt, By the Sea serves as her directorial follow-up to Universal Pictures’ epic Unbroken. The dramatic film stars Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt, who are supported by an international ensemble led by Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer.

    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 (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 ’60s and ’70s.

    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.

  • toastie postie

    Oh. Those are tough times, the little ones going to school for the 1st time, unless they do pre-k. Be strong, Momma.

  • 50ftQueenie

    But her chin would still stick out lol.

  • toastie postie

    LOL.

  • Observer2

    And her ears. She doesn’t even need a holder when she’s got that nose. LOL

  • toastie postie

    Yes. I’m not familiar with the 2 men. I see Michael Vieira has done all of his with Angelina.

  • 50ftQueenie

    😭

  • bap

    Maybe they will be working with Angelina with her production company(PAS) from now on.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    Greetings to ALL the wonderful JoliePitt fans, especially to my dear friend JPFAMILY!!!!

    Wishing you a beautiful day, dear lady, with all the trimmings. :)

    I just saw JPFamily’s post on the previous thread. THANKS A MILLION JPFAMILY for keeping us all in the Loop!

    Fabulous news…..and I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! the below sincere comment, endorsement and acknowledgement of Angelina’s many talents as expressed by AFI’s very own Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO:

    “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.”

  • Love the JoliePitts

    You’ve done it again JPFamily…….

    This is a MUST REPOST…….I Lovvvvvvvvvvvvvve this pic. So naturally sweet and perfect! And I am NOT being biased either. :)

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNb0LOPUsAAl_n1.jpg

  • Love the JoliePitts

    FABULOUS and FANTABULOUS! :)

  • Love the JoliePitts

    I have goosebumps forming I am so very excited. :)

  • toastie postie

    Thanks! Love the pictures that take up the screen of my monitor. I would use the poster as my background, but have a wonderful drawing of my daughter and her hubby as it, on this computer. It’s in a streampunk-style drawing done by a friend of hers. It’s so cute. Her hubby is in a aviator outfit(he’s a pilot), who is sitting in a cardboard box airplane with a toy plane in his hand. The girl, in the drawing, has a steampunk outfit and is leaning over to steal a kiss from him.
    Another computer(granddaughter uses) has my other daughter as a mermaid, stealing a kiss from a scuba diver(his hobby is scuba diving). Also done by the same artist. Both young boys have surprised looks on their faces.
    Sooooooooooo that leaves my bedroom one left. Hmmmmmmmmm. Might try it there.

  • forest4trees

    Wonderful news!! I hope the J-Ps are having a fabulous summer.

  • toastie postie

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

  • toastie postie

    Probably. Angelina and Brad know quality people when they meet them.

  • bap

    Yes now a days you have to choose wisely your personnel.

  • toastie postie

    Bias? No way! You just know quality when you see it. 😃

  • Maya

    Hell yeah – end October early November here we come

  • Love the JoliePitts

    Loving how the JPs have gone completely ‘undercover’……..I think they are both just very busy with their projects and the kid’s projects.

    Sending lots of love to my girls PHOOL, FALP and Gold Dust Woman. Wishing you ladies all the goodness and JOY.

    Have a wonderful day fans….and I am giving thanks for the many, many, many, many, many blessings covering our beautiful and beloved family as they continue to bless so many in this world with their many kindnesses.

  • JPFamily

    Awww Love a great big beautiful hello to you my friend – woohoo think we both have those goosebumps, and no wonder – bring on By The Sea – and yes the new photo is truly beautiful.

    toastie – your drawing sounds beautiful!

    More good news – and Angelina is executive producer!
    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/an-october-23-2015-release-date-set-for-sundance-winning-angelina-jolie-exec-produced-ethiopian-drama-difret-20150827
    October Release Date Set for Sundance-Winning Ethiopian Drama, ‘Difret’ – Watch a Clip

    Presented by Angelina Jolie, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s feature film debut “Difret” now has an October 23, 2015 theatrical release date set, making it a potential awards season contender.

    ***
    There’s a scene in Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s feature film debut “Difret,” where several men swoop in, riding horses and abruptly kidnap 14-year-old Hirut (Tizita Hagere) as she walks home from school. There’s something very masculine and forceful about it, almost as if they’re cowboys coming to take over a town. The film, which had it’s world premiere at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, centers on the very textured bond between Hirut and the tenacious female lawyer (Meaza Ashenafi, played by Meron Getnet) who comes to represent her in a fight against one of the country’s oldest traditions of abduction into marriage, which is also practiced in many other parts of the world.

    Based on a true story, the film explores this patriarchal custom through intimate character relationships and effective storytelling where villains and heroes become blurred in the milieu of a very diverse Ethiopia; one we don’t often see onscreen. I caught up with Mehari (who goes by Zee) to discuss how he discovered the story, his techniques for working with actors, and the preset “African look” that he avoided in “Difret.”

    Shadow & Act: I was wondering if you could talk about the initial spark that birthed the idea for this film and how much research you did into the true story that the film is based on?

    Zeresenay Berhane Mehari: I found the story in 2005 when I was in Addis, I graduated from USC in 2002 and started in 2003. I’ve been going back to Ethiopia frequently and spending a half a year there and my intentions were to find stories that I wanted to tell. I was working in LA at the time in television and then the second year, I was working in commercials so I felt like I always wanted to do Ethiopian stories and that was the reason why I went to film school.

    In 2005 I was there for working on a documentary and then I met Meaza Ashenafi, the lawyer who started the Ethiopian Women Lawyers association. Then, a few months later I’m back to Ethiopia with a binder full of stuff I found about her online and then I wanted to talk to her and I was serious about doing the story about her and the organization that started and then through the research and through the conversation I had with her, I discovered the groundbreaking case that happened and put the organization and her on the map so that became the plot line, the second plotline, for this story to show her struggle and what she had to go through in order to advance women’s issues in Ethiopia.

    It wasn’t that easy. She didn’t come out and say, “Oh sure, why not? Just go ahead and do it.” She was very skeptical at first. An Ethiopian man wanted to do a story about women, and I don’t know if she’s been asked that kind of stuff before either, and I was young and she didn’t think I was so serious about what I was doing. I kept calling her and I put together a look-book and I showed it to her and she was like “This guy’s not gonna leave me alone so let’s see what he’s going to do,” and with her blessing I started doing the research. It took me about 3 years to do the research and around 2008, September or March I wrote the first draft of the script and I showed it to her and she said “cool,” and I went with it.

    S&A: One of the things I really appreciated about the film was the diversity in the representations of Ethiopian people, and I think sometimes there’s this really limited idea or portrayal of these people but I love how you showed people with different opinions, who looked very different from each other and how do you feel this film contributes to representations of Ethiopian people in popular culture?

    ZM: One of the things I was very careful about was not to point fingers and I know that wasn’t going to help anybody, and it wasn’t going to be the right sort of presentation of the issue, so I took my feelings and my opinions out of it, completely.

    So, in order to understand why traditions happen in the way they happen you have to see the country as a whole in the context of their culture and their tradition so that was the toughest thing to do, especially when you’re trying to make a feature film that needs to have all the elements of drama.

    But in this case, I wasn’t so sure I was going to be able to put all of those elements in there and then still give you suspense, still give you complexity of the characters, still give you some sort of drama and entertainment for you not to be like, “Oh God, here comes another poor African story,” so I’m so glad to hear from you and you actually saw different shades of the country.

    One person said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a democracy practiced the way the Ethiopian male elders practiced in that one meeting, but in the West’s sense of it.”

    S&A: I loved that scene. I think it would’ve been so easy for there to be this good guy, bad guy dynamic but there were so many different opinions in those men about what to do, and I think you just answered that in terms of going beyond this one dimensional characterization and present varied perspectives.

    ZM: And we’ve seen that before. As an African filmmaker, I cringe whenever I see an African character portrayed in a film and they’re one dimensional, and I’m like, wait a minute, this is not the people I know. I grew up, born and raised there and I left when I was 19 so this doesn’t look like my mom, this doesn’t look like my dad, these people are very complex, and also they can articulate whether you find it right or wrong.

    S&A: What was your experience working with the actress who played Hirut, and what was her reaction to the subject matter? Did she have any connection to it or insight?

    ZM: Tizita, who played Hirut is an amazing actor. We were guided by some higher power to find her because she’s a first time actor, she’s never been in front of the camera before, she wasn’t sure if she had any interest in acting. It was winter and we actually take breaks in winter not in the summer like here. So it was winter, so she’s like maybe I should try some acting classes that I heard about and she was on her second week or third week of that training and we found her two weeks before we started shooting.

    Mind you, we did eight months of casting and we’d seen thousands of people to find her and we’d finally given up and I was like, “Okay I guess we’re not going to shoot if I cant find her, we’re not going to shoot” and then she came around and the first time I saw her I was like- because I never met the real-life Hirut, because she wasn’t around when we were making the film or prior to that, because of what happened to her she had to change her name and leave the country, so she was in hiding, so whatever stuff I knew about her was from the words she said, from the newspapers that I got, and the photos that I’ve seen so I created most of her in my head and when I saw Tizita, she became that person for me.

    Because she was a first-time actor, I knew that I needed to be very careful with her. With her, having the most emotional part in the entire film I knew I needed to be very careful so what I did was basically segregate her because I wanted to keep the rawness in her. So, the first thing was making sure she was on her own most of the time when she came to shoot her scene, I specifically didn’t want her and Meron who plays Meaza to develop friendship, so I kept them separately.

    And then what I did was I kept talking to her about what happened to the girl, so I don’t know if she has faced something similar, but her reaction to it was as if she’s been there or gone through it. At one point I asked her, would you ever do another film and she said “No I don’t think I can find another character like Hirut.”

    Whenever we met for the shoot, I’d give her the sides, and then we’ll talk about it and as we’re talking about it, I can see her change and completely morph into Hirut and that’s where you go, “let’s go right now” and she killed it. Most of the scenes you see are first or second takes.

    S&A: Wow.

    ZM: We were forced to basically take her very seriously and she was the youngest person on set, she was 13 when we shot.

    S&A: And you said a lot of the takes were first and second takes. You also shot the film on 35mm and I wondered how that played into that-

    ZM: At first everybody was like you’re crazy to want to shoot on film and then I took 35mm stills of the locations and then we did a test shoot in Los Angeles and in Ethiopia and after they saw that, they knew that the country was as much a part of the story as the characters and I wanted also to show a different type of Ethiopia than people have seen, and it seems like for any European cinematographer that Africa all resembles the same. I could see South Africa and Nigeria being the same, and it’s as if they have a preset African look, just press a button and the “African look” shows up.

    And so that’s one of the things that people noticed- they didn’t know Ethiopia was that green and that was important for me because I wanted to show the opposite of the city and the village and I wanted to show the film from the point of view of the people, the characters, how they see their country, not necessarily how I see it.

    S&A: And you mentioned, this is a women-centered film and I really felt the bond between the two lead characters. Was that a concern for you as a male director- how were you going to foster that dynamic because it came through so well?

    ZM: I didn’t see it as a feminine film or a feminist film or I didn’t see myself as a guy doing a feminist film. That didn’t occur to me. My entry point has always been the characters and what they experience so when you delve into the characters, their gender becomes irrelevant because we all want the same thing and we all feel the same passions and determinations, we all hurt, we’re brave, some of us are not, but if approach it that way, then you are serving the character and you’re serving the story as opposed to trying to create “can they say this or can this be done?,” and to give the real life characters respect also because this is stuff that they’ve done so like it or not, you are guided by their courage.

  • Maya

    And talented and quality people aspire and seek out to work with the Jolie Pitts

  • ndn

    New thread finally!!!!
    Soooo looking forward to the fall….good stuff are on our way…
    Thanks fyi and JPfamily for all the latest….

  • toastie postie

    I’ll drink to that! 😏 Just Green Tea though.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    TP you are a GEM!!!!!

    Thank you for saying exactly what I was thinking my friend. :) Bless you.

  • toastie postie

    Sooooooooooooo true!

  • ndn

    Look how comfortable they are with one another…

  • toastie postie

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww, shucks! :0)

  • Go Figure!

    This means Ticky will really be releasing pics of her and Tacky and talk about the wedding. Anything AJP can do, Ticky thinks she can do better.

  • liss

    yes

  • Maya

    And genuine love, respect and admiration between two people when you see it:)

  • Love the JoliePitts

    I need a very sweet, little Angel Icon to use just for you. Love you LOTS! :)

  • toastie postie

    Still wondering if it’s an actual scene in movie or them chatting during a break.
    I noticed Brad’s hair, in this movie, looks rumpled a lot, as it just getting out of bed. Or is that my wishful imagination? 😈

  • Maya

    One green tea coming up and a normal cup of tea for me – afterall I am British😜

  • ndn

    Ticky has now until BTS opens to reveal tidbits of her snoozefest wedding…her playbook is so obvious…nothing is surprising when it comes to stalkery biittch…..

  • Maya

    Would need the biggest umbrella in the world for that…

  • Love the JoliePitts

    Aren’t they though.
    You can FEEL the love coming thru the picture and reflecting on anyone viewing the picture. It is palpable.

  • toastie postie

    Well she’s not doing it right this time. People are already bored with it. Nothing she can do, will match this.
    No rumors of babies, etc., she’s going into snooze mode – or has she been in it all along?

  • toastie postie

    LOL. Thinking of John Cassavetes’ “We are going to need a bigger boat!”

  • Love the JoliePitts

    I was wondering the same thing.
    The pic is so perfectly natural it is difficult to tell if it is part of the movie or an interval in between. (I know a redundant sentence…oh well) :)

  • Love the JoliePitts

    Awwwwwwwww…congrats to the brand new kindergartener. What an exciting time. Get ready for lots of fun times. :)

  • toastie postie

    Yep! That’s me. 😇 Little Goodie-2-shoes, is what my sister use to call me.
    Especially when I stabbed her with a toy, plastic, dollhouse table, when we were playing with our dollhouse(so she says). I Do remember her tattling, but my mom looked at me and didn’t believe her baby would do that and there were no marks.
    I’m afraid my son inherited that trait from me. :0(

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