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Set during the 1970s in France, the film stars Jolie as Vanessa, a former dancer who has grown distant with her long-term husband Roland (Brad Pitt). After travelling the country together, though, the pair grow attached to the residents of a quaint seaside town that subsequently make them look at their own relationship from a different perspective.
In a statement provided to EW, the actress-cum-director spoke of her fondness for the 1970s, and how the era and its liberating context is integral to the story of By The Sea.
“I chose to set By the Sea in the 1970s, not only because it is a colourful and alluring era, but because it removes many of the distractions of »
- Michael Briers
Back in July, Universal Pictures acquired the worldwide rights to Angelina Jolie's third directorial effort, By the Sea, which reunites the actress with her husband Brad Pitt for the first time on screen since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith. With production already under way, Entertainment Weekly has released the first three photos, featuring Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their co-star Niels Arestrup. Check out the images below, then read on for more details from the director.
Production began September 8 in Malta, just a few weeks after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got married after a decade-long relationship. While no plot information was given in the July report, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first story details below.
"Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, »
Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it’s the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like “Black Swan” as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York)
“From What Is Before”
The extreme length is inseparable from the power and conviction of Lav Diaz’s historical epic about the devastation of a small Filipino barrio amid the political and military unrest of the early 1970s. As a slow-burning study of social decay, this winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard prize is both a thematic companion piece to Michael Haneke »
- Variety Staff
Newlyweds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are revealed as a not-so-happily-married couple onscreen in the very first By the Sea images from their new film. Jolie wrote, produces, and is directing the feature, which takes place in 1970s France and revolves around a marriage that’s collapsing on itself. Jolie plays a former dancer and Pitt plays an American writer, and the story finds the disenchanted couple growing closer together in a quiet seaside town as they meet its inhabitants and begin sharing stories. Cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon) is shooting the film using mostly natural light, and the supporting cast includes Niels Arestrup (War Horse) and Richard Bohringer (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover). Check out the first By the Sea images after the jump, along with an explanation from Jolie as to why she chose to set the film in the 1970s. The pic »
- Adam Chitwood
“But no man moved me till the tide / Went past my simple shoe /And past my apron and my belt / And past my bodice too / And made as he would eat me up / As wholly as a dew…”
Whether or not this poem by Emily Dickinson, published under the title By the Sea, served as inspiration for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s new film of the same name, the spirit seems to match up with its story of a woman caught in an undertow of passion and rejuvenation while visiting a seaside village with her husband.
- Anthony Breznican
Mom Without a Face: Franz’s Debut a Mesmerizing Slice of Psychological Horror
Once you’re made aware that Goodnight Mommy is the directorial debut of Veronika Franz, partner to and writer of the works of Ulrich Seidl, that delightfully perverse purveyor of Austrian social dysfunction, you’ll know to expect something kind of twisted and bizarre. Franz certainly delivers with an eerie portrait of identical twin horror that will eventually rank as one of the more notable titles in the slim subgenre. Effectively grotesque and downright chilling by the time it spits out its final frames, Franz unleashes her own brand of sinister familial interactions that proves to surpass even Seidl’s cynical worldview.
In the isolated Austrian countryside, nine-year-old twins Lukas and Elias (Lukas and Elias Schwarz) live alone with their mother (Susanne Wuest). Recently, she’s undergone cosmetic surgery, her face completely bandaged as she attempts to »
- Nicholas Bell
“These are cursed times,” a man notes toward the end of “From What Is Before,” and the full weight and meaning of those words come powerfully into focus across all five-and-a-half hours of Lav Diaz’s hauntingly beautiful new picture, which chronicles the gradual decline of a small coastal barrio in the Philippines in the final days before president Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law in 1972. — another stark, black-and-white drama about mysterious acts of evil befalling a fragile community — this endlessly patient and contemplative work will court a smaller audience than Diaz’s Cannes-premiered international breakthrough, “Norte, the End of History,” but should exert a strong pull on viewers willing to stick it out. Following Locarno (where the film won the Golden Leopard) and Toronto, fests will continue to feel the Lav.
The latest effort from a slow-cinema auteur known for his epic running times, “From What Is Before” is a »
- Justin Chang
The film will focus on Ejiofor's former MI5 official who heads to Boston, Massachusetts to aid a team of FBI agents investigating an unsolved murder.
The original movie was made in 2009 by Argentine director Juan José Campanella, who also co-wrote the script.
The film is to begin production in Boston later this year. »
You might recall an Argentinian film from a few years back called "The Secret in Their Eyes." It was a significant player in the awards season in that it bested both "The White Ribbon" and "A Prophet" in the Best Foreign Film Category, and ever since, Hollywood has been keen on an English remake. Now, the project has landed a high profile female lead with an eye toward sales in Toronto: Julia Roberts. Juan José Campanella's original film told the story of a federal agent and the murder/rape case he and his partner, as well as a female judge, investigated 25 years before. It builds to a pretty stunning third act revelation that certainly played a major hand in the film's reception by Academy voters, as well as its value as a remake commodity. Now with Roberts, it's sure to take off on the sales market up north. Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Honorary Oscars have traditionally bypassed women: Mary Pickford, Lauren Bacall, Greta Garbo among rare exceptions (photo: 1976 Honorary Oscar winner Mary Pickford) September 4, 2014 Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy’s other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this particular post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to receive the Academy »
- Andre Soares
Janos Szasz's "The Notebook," last year's foreign Oscar film entry from Hungary, explores the dark side of inseparability among innocent yet cruel twin boys. And Dp Christian Berger ("The White Ribbon"), who is now busy prepping Angelina Jolie's next directorial effort, "By the Sea," which will co-star the newly married Jolie and Brad Pitt, was immediately drawn to the brutal topic. "I was right away fascinated by the novel from Agota Christof and her stringent and radical story about the eternal fight between barbarism and civilization, and how thin the skin is," recalls the Austrian Berger, who is accustomed to dealing with this eternal fight through his longtime collaboration with director Michael Haneke. "Janos wanted to change his style of filming with that project and I think that was one of his reason's to ask me for that collaboration. And it was a collaboration in the best way. How »
- Bill Desowitz
Behind Every Great War Is a Great Story: Szasz’s Captivating, Grotesque Portrait of Life During Wartime
World War II takes on the ambience of an exquisitely grim fairy tale in Hungarian filmmaker Janos Szasz’s The Notebook, based on the famed novel by Agota Kristof. Reuniting the director with Danish star Ulrich Thomsen, who starred in Szasz’s last film, Opium: Diary of a Madwoman (2007), it’s a strikingly photographed, pervasively bewitching account of adolescent twin boys and their development into (mostly) apathetic killing machines due to the inhumane conditions of wartime. Winning the top prize at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 2013, the infrequently working Szasz (also a veteran stage director) is a name ripe for rediscovery, heretofore best known for his 1994 film, Woyzeck (the stage play that would also provide the basis for Herzog’s 1979 version).
Nearing the end of WWII, a privileged father (Ulrich Matthes) decides »
- Nicholas Bell
The trickle of foreign film submission info has become and soon it will be a flood. Over the new few days I'll be filling out a lot more of the foreign language submission charts which are written by me and my multi-lingual friend A.D. who knows so much about foreign cinema in so many atypical places he sometimes makes my head spin. But before all that charty speculation a handful of actual news items.
Jhola from Nepal
New Official Submissions
Jhola is the official submission from Nepal. Nepal enjoyed one previous nomination in this category for Caravan (1999) but they haven't submitted regularly. Jhola is a period piece about the Nepali society custom of the wife having to set herself on fire when her husband dies and go with him. Horrific! Actress Kanchi Garima Panta is said to be very good in the lead role.
Beloved Sisters was announced today to represent Germany. »
- NATHANIEL R
Oliver Davis reviews East of West #14…
“‘Warbound. The Endless Nation makes the first cut in the carcass once called America. The Apocalypse marches on in East Of West #14.”
Again, East of West jumps from one storyline last issue to a different one here. Sometimes, several months could go by without us ever hearing a peep from our favourite characters. In that way, it somewhat recalls the great American television series as of late – most comparatively the sprawling scope of Game of Thrones - focusing on characters and subplots at will, dedicating entire episodes to minor players. Eventually, this will make a compelling graphic novel, each distinctive issue being much more suited to chapters in a book. As a monthly series, however, the plot lacks drive and momentum.
In issue 14, we open on the aftermath of President Burkhart’s death, an event that happened two issues ago. In a neat flashback, »
- Oliver Davis
Chances are that you’ve heard of German director Oliver Hirschbiegel from one of two places: either from his remarkable (and horribly depressing) story of Hitler’s last days in the film Downfall, or his ill-conceived and lambasted biopic Diana. Departing once more from his foray into the British Royal Family, Hirschbiegel has now set his sights on returning to World War II, as he plans to direct the film Georg Elser, a true story about Adolf Hitler’s would-be assassin.
Georg Elser’s story is not a happy one. He was a resistance fighter who planned to kill Hitler on November 8, 1939, during a speech the Nazi leader was giving for the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. Elser misjudged his timing, however, and the bomb placed in the lectern ended up going off a full thirteen minutes after Hitler had left, instead killing eight other people. Elser was captured, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The Downfall director will tell the little-known story of the German carpenter.
Elser organised a complex attempt to assassinate Hitler in 1939.
He was held in a concentration camp and executed weeks before the end of the war in Europe.
Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon) will play Elser, with Katharina Schüttler (Generation War) as his girlfriend Elsa and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) as Arthur Nebe, the head of the Criminal Police of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt.
Hirschbiegel's 2004 Downfall - which told the story of the last days of Hitler's life - was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
The director's most recent feature was the poorly received biopic Diana.
Georg Elser began shooting in Munich this week. »
It has been a decade since filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel arrived with "Downfall," with the film meme-generating, critically acclaimed film, instantly putting him on the map. But he's struggled to maintain that success. "The Invasion" saw the director and studio at odds, "Five Minutes In Heaven" was an intimate thriller that didn't catch on, while last year's "Diana" was simply a disaster. So he's returning to WWII for another tale about Hitler. Hirschbiegel is now in production on "George Elser," following the man "from his early years in the Swabian Alps—when National Socialism arrived in his hometown—to his last days at the Dachau concentration camp, where he was killed shortly before the end of the war at the command of the one whom he himself wanted to kill, Hitler." And if there's one reason to be excited for this, it's that Christian Friedel, the lead in Michael Haneke's excellent "The White Ribbon, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A decade after "Downfall" explored the last days of Adolf Hitler, director Oliver Hirschbiegel is set to helm Lucky Bird Pictures' "Georg Elser," a biopic of the resistance fighter who attempted to assassinate Hitler in a Munich beer hall in 1939.
The story follows Elser from his early years in the Swabian Alps to his last days at the Dachau concentration camp, where he was killed shortly before the end of the war. Elser nearly changed world history with his attempt, but Hitler left the venue earlier than expected.
Christian Friedel ("The White Ribbon") will play Elser, Katharina Schuttler ("Generation War") will portray his girlfriend Elsa and Burghart Klaussner ("The White Ribbon") will play Arthur Nebe, the head of the Criminal Police of the Reich Defense Office.
Shooting began yesterday and will continue through until early September. Locations include Berlin, the province of South Tyrol in North Italy, and the south »
- Garth Franklin
Shooting on Georg Elser, a portrait of the resistance fighter who tried to assassinate Hitler in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller in November 1939, started yesterday (July 2) in Wackershofen, Southern Germany.
It marks a return to Hirschbiegel’s home turf after making biopic Diana, about the last two years in the life of Princess Diana, which was poorly received by critics.
Hirschbiegel replaces Torsten C. Fischer, who had previously been attached to direct.
In the upcoming film, Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon) will play Elser, Katharina Schüttler (Generation War) will portray his girlfriend Elsa and and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) will play head of the Criminal Police of the “Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Reich Defense Office) Arthur Nebe.
The crew includes »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Repped in international markets by Munich-based Beta Cinema, the historical drama toplines “The White Ribbon” stars Christian Friedel and Burghart Klaußner, as well as Katharina Schüttler (“Generation War”).
Written by Fred Breinersdorfer (“Sophie Scholl”), the drama portrays Georg Elser, a German carpenter who had assembled a bomb and plotted an attack on Hitler in November 1939, shortly after the start of WWII. The failed assassination attempt led Elser to be imprisoned at the Dachau concentration camp where he was killed 70 years ago, just a few days before the end of the war.
- Elsa Keslassy
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