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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.
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. »
- Michelle McCue
Written, directed and produced by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie Pitt, By the Sea serves as her directorial follow-up to 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.
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.
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- Mike Tyrkus
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 »
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt share the big screen for the first time since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith in the trailer for By the Sea. We haven't heard much about this drama since the first look photo debuted back in September, but today we finally get to see some footage from this drama, which Angelina Jolie also wrote and directed. Universal Pictures has set a November 13 release date for By the Sea.
By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Brad Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Angelina Jolie), 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. »
Read the in-depth article over on People where Jolie said about working again with husband Brad Pitt, “It was hardest [when] I was directing our fight scenes. I understand and appreciate his creative process and his work ethic even more than before.”
By The Sea opens in theaters November 13.
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. »
- Michelle McCue
Berlin — Citing the economic impact of international TV series such as “Homeland,” which is currently being shot in the German capital, Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller has announced a €1.5 million ($1.63 million) increase in the annual budget of film and TV subsidy organization Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg to some $37 million.
Speaking on the set of Showtime’s hit political thriller on Monday, Mueller said the city had set aside $3.27 million for the Medienboard’s 2016 and 2017 budgets. The surrounding state of Brandenburg has yet to announce a similar increase in its contribution to the subsidy board, which backs film and TV productions in both states.
With a reported production cost of around $45 million for the 12-episode season, “Homeland” is having a major impact on the local production industry. “That’s a massive economic factor,” said Mueller.
- Ed Meza
Star of stage, screen and TV for five decades in the Czech Republic, Jiri Bartoska is best known outside his home country as president of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which wrapped its 50th edition July 11. Bartoska, 68, has overseen the fest since its privatization a little over 20 years ago. But long before that,Variety noted his presence in Frantisek Vlacil’s “Shadows of a Hot Summer,” which took top honors at Karlovy Vary in 1978.
What were things like for Czech actors in 1978?
There was a different situation for theater actors and film actors. Theater actors did classic repertoire. At that time, the theater filled in for all the media outlets, which were entirely at the service of the regime. It was usually sold out, because people could compare their current situation with those classic scenes, and find truth in them. With film it was a bit different: Film was a »
- Steven Gaydos
London — World sales company Global Screen has picked up international rights to six-part political thriller “Capital Power.” It is directed by Friedemann Fromm, who won the German Television Award for “The Weissensee Saga.”
The show stars some of Germany’s leading actors, including Anna Loos, who starred in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s “Anatomy,” Thomas Thieme, who was in Oscar-winner “The Lives of Others” and the Oscar-nominated “Downfall,” and Burghart Klaussner, who appeared in the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated “Good Bye Lenin!,” and the Oscar-nominated “The White Ribbon.”
The show centers on attorney Susanne Kroehmer, who is a candidate for the Conservative Party to become mayor of Berlin. She mounts an underdog campaign against reigning mayor Manfred Degenhardt. Kroehmer lags hopelessly behind in the polls. When someone starts playing dirty tricks on her and a muckraking journalist airs her family’s dirty laundry, Kroehmer and her spin doctor resort to dubious tactics themselves. »
- Leo Barraclough
Munich-based Global Screen has picked up international rights to Berlin-set series Capital Power. The six-part political thriller was commissioned by German public TV Ard and is directed by Friedemann Fromm. Stars include Anna Loos (Night Over Berlin, Anatomy), Thomas Thieme (The Lives Of Others) and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon). The story follows Conservative party candidate Susanne Kröhmer, a dedicated attorney who mounts an underdog campaign against reigning… »
Exclusive: StudioCanal to handle world sales on Kai Wessel’s wartime drama.
StudioCanal is to handle international sales on Kai Wessel’s Fog In August (Nebel im August), the first feature film to address the Nazis’ euthanasia programme.
Based on Robert Domes’ 2008 eponymous historical novel, Fog In August centres on the authentic life story of 13-year-old Ernst Lossa who was committed to a mental hospital in Sargau in 1942 because of his origins in a family of travellers.
However, Ernst soon discovered the truth behind the hospital’s facade and sabotaged its euthanasia programme to help his new-found friends. But his actions did not go unnoticed by the institution’s administration.
The hospital’s staunch Nazi chief physician Werner Veithausen is played by Sebastian Koch who came »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Friends and informants become indistinguishable in this intriguing Berlin-set counterpoint to The Lives of Others
Christian Schwochow’s adaptation of Julia Franck’s novel Lagerfeuer opens with a young woman exiting East Germany in the late 70s, then subjected to a humiliating interrogation and strip-search before finally being allowed to leave. Yet having arrived in West Berlin, where a grim refugee centre becomes her new home, Nelly (Jördis Triebel, excellent) finds the indignities of the past mirrored and repeated, with the CIA as interested as the Stasi in the increasingly foggy fate of her deceased Russian partner. “Why did you leave East Germany?” she is asked repeatedly, eventually prompting the reply: “Because of questions like these.”
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- Mark Kermode
Christian Schwochow's late 1970s-set drama about young East German woman Nelly (Jördis Triebel) trying to build a new life in the west has some of the same mix of pathos and paranoia that characterised The Lives of Others. This was a period when the Stasi secret service was poisoning the lives of its citizens in the east but in which western authorities were hugely suspicious of refugees. The film doesn't quite deliver on its initial promise but is still an intriguing study of family, love and treachery. »
Homeland has singed up some new recruits for its upcoming fifth season. The Showtime series, which begins filming in Berlin tomorrow (as the majority of Season 5 will take place in Germany), has announced the addition of four new series regulars. Joining Homeland Season 5 will be Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Alexander Fehling (Inglourious Basterds), and Sarah Sokolovic (Cold Comes the Night). Here’s who each of the new actors will be playing in Homeland Season 5: Otto During (Sebastian Koch), a German philanthropist and Carrie’s (Danes) boss. Allison Carr (Miranda Otto), the current Berlin Chief of Station, working directly under Saul Berenson (Patinkin). Laura Sutton (Sarah Sokolovic), an American journalist in Berlin who works for the Düring Foundation. Jonas Happich (Alexander Fehling), legal counsel for the Düring Foundation and Carrie’s boyfriend. It will be interesting to see how each of these… »
- Chris King
Carrie Mathison might be estranged from the CIA and mentor Saul, but at least she's got a new boyfriend!
Season 5 picks up two years after the Carrie's disastrous tenure in Islamabad. Disillusioned, she's quit the CIA and working for a private security firm. The new faces include Otto as Allison Carr, the Berlin station chief; Fehling as Jonas Happich, a lawyer for the Düring Foundation; Sebastian Koch ("The Lives of Others"), a German philanthropist and Carrie's boss; and Sarah Sokolovic ("Cold Comes the Night") as an American journalist who works for the Düring Foundation.
- Kelly Woo
Homeland has perhaps dropped out of the zeitgeist in these parts since its first two seasons had the nation's watercoolers abuzz with talk of Carrie and Brody's exploits. But the spy series has become an doughty old staple on Showtime and the network will be hoping to inject fresh life into its fifth season with a change of locale and some new faces. Among them are Australian actress and Lord Of The Rings alumnus Miranda Otto.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Otto is joining the Berlin-set season as the CIA’s station head in the city. Her character will report in to Mandy Patinkin’s Saul Berenson. Also aboard are German actors Sebastian Koch (playwright Georg Dreyman in The Lives Of Others) and Alexander Fehling (Inglourious Basterds), as well as The Good Wife’s Sarah Sokolovic. Koch plays a Grman philanthropist and Carrie Mathison's (Claire Danes) new boss, while Fehling is her new boyfriend. »
As Showtime’s Homeland moves to its new German locale for Season 5, the show is adding four new series regulars, including a new boss and a new love interest for Carrie. Joining the CIA drama are Miranda Otto (The Lord Of The Rings trilogy), top German actor Sebastian Koch (The Lives Of Others), Alexander Fehling (Inglorious Basterds) and Sarah Sokolovic (Cold Comes The Night). The quartet will begin filming in Berlin this week alongside returning stars Claire Danes… »
Homeland is bringing along several new faces in its move to Berlin. As filming on the Showtime drama's fifth season gets underway this week, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that four new players will have regular status when the show returns in the fall. Among them is Lord of the Rings actress Miranda Otto. She'll be joined by Sarah Sokolovic (Cold Comes the Night) and German actors Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others) and Alexander Fehling (Inglourious Basterds). With the bulk of the action in the season shifting to the German capital, the foursome will join returning regulars Claire Danes,
- Michael O'Connell
Susanne Bier Oscar winner 'In a Better World' director Susanne Bier Susanne Bier, whose In a Better World won the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, is seen above on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre. The other 2011 Oscar nominees in the Best Foreign Language Film category were: Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law / Hors-la-loi (Algeria). Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful (Mexico). Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth (Greece). Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (Canada). As in previous years, several international favorites were left out of the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar competition. Among these were the following: Xavier Beauvois' French Academy César winner Of Gods and Men / Des hommes et des dieux (France). Semih Kaplanoglu's 2010 Berlin Film Festival winner Bal / Honey (Turkey). Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2010 Cannes Film Festival winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (Thailand). Prior to In a Better World, »
- D. Zhea
Cannes — Germany-based production and distribution company Beta Film has delayed the international launch of its big-budget TV movie “Starfighter,” which centers on a real-life scandal involving hundreds of jet-fighter crashes in the 1960s in Germany.
Beta has postponed the show’s debut at TV sales market Mip TV in Cannes following German broadcaster Rtl’s decision to remove the film from its schedules after the Germanwings plane crash, which killed 150 people in late March. Beta had planned to present the movie to international buyers at its Mip TV brunch on Tuesday, and show clips from the drama.
The German government bought 916 Starfighter jets from Lockheed in the 1960s, of which 292 crashed, causing the deaths of 116 pilots. The movie follows the battle by a widow of one of the pilots to uncover the truth behind the plane crashes, which were initially blamed on pilot error.
The visual effects-heavy movie had a »
- Leo Barraclough
That's why Yann Demange has been eagerly sought out. For the last year, since ''71' broke out at Berlin 2014 (going on to play some 33 festivals including Telluride, Toronto, New York, London and Sundance), Demange has been a critical darling (best director winner at the British Independent Film Awards and BAFTA-nominated), wined and dined on the festival circuit and in Hollywood, where he has been hanging his hat for the moment. That's what you do. You go to meeting after meeting looking for the next best project. The danger, oft-repeated, is that agents and managers and sweet-talkers lure the unsuspecting rube into development limbo--or misguided studio projects--until the heat is gone and that catapulting career moment is past. Ask David Michod, Stephen Frears, or Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who unfortunately followed up his Oscar-winning "The Lives of Others" with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie boondoggle "The Tourist." Some wondered if Demange. »
- Anne Thompson
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