Canine pets exiled in Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film ‘Isle of Dogs’

On May 30, help save the dogs from exile as Ayala Malls Cinemas exclusively brings 20th Century Fox’s Isle of Dogs at Glorietta 4, Trinoma, Market! Market!, Cloverleaf Balintawak and Fairview Terraces.

“Isle of Dogs” tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. Set in the Japanese Archipelago, twenty years in the future when canine-saturation has reached epidemic proportions and an outbreak of Snout-Fever rips through the city of Megasaki. Dog-Flu threatens to cross the species threshold and enter the human disease pool. Mayor Kobayashi of Uni Prefecture calls for a hasty quarantine: the expulsion and containment of all breeds, both stray and domesticated. By official decree, Trash Island becomes an exile colony – The Isle of Dogs.

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(From L-R): Bill Murray as “Boss,” Jeff Goldblum as “Duke,” Edward Norton as “Rex,” Bob Balaban as “King,” Liev Shreiber as “Spots,” Harvey Keitel as “Gondo,” Koyu Rankin as “Atari Kobayashi” and Bryan Cranston as “Chief” in the film ISLE OF DOGS. Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Six months later, a tiny, single-engine, miniature airplane crash-lands onto the teeming waste-land. A pack of five starving but fierce abandoned dogs scrambles to the wreckage and discovers a twelve-year-old pilot staggering from the burning fuselage. Atari, orphan-ward to Mayor Kobayashi. With the assistance of his new canine friends, Atari begins a search for his lost dog, Spots — and, in the process, exposes a conspiracy that threatens to destroy all the dogs of Megasaki City forever.

The movie is writer/director Wes Anderson’s 9th feature film and his second stop-motion animated film, “Isle of Dogs” is a grand adventure set in a near-future Japan in the grips of a canine crisis and mass anti-dog hysteria. Here, in a far-flung floating junktopia known only as Trash Island, a scrappy pack of exiled dogs who’ve banded together to survive makes an amazing discovery: the crash-landing of a little human pilot who will take them on a life-changing journey.

The resulting journey is packed with humor, action and friendship. But on its trek, it also pays homage to the epic scope and beauty of Japanese cinema, to the noble loyalty of canine companions, to the hopeful heroism of the small and the overlooked, to the rejection of intolerance and most of all to the unbreakable boy-dog bond that has launched countless escapades.

“We wanted to do something sort of futuristic. We wanted a pack of alpha dogs who were all the leader. And we wanted to live in a land of garbage,” says Anderson. “The Japanese setting came entirely because of Japanese cinema. We love Japan, and we wanted to do something that was really inspired by Japanese movies, so we ended up mixing the dog movie and Japan movie together.”

Catch “Isle of Dogs” on May 30, 2018 at Ayala Malls Cinemas – log on to http://www.sureseats.com for schedule and advance ticket purchase.

All-mighty hero of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ invades Ayala Malls Cinemas

Enter an all-new rocking realm at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ screens nationwide for Marvel’s latest superhero movie “Thor: Ragnarok”.

Ayala Malls Cinemas together with Disney Philippines treated its loyal movie guests and patrons to a night of fun and action as it showed them first one of this year’s biggest and most anticipated action-adventure movies on the newly opened A-Giant Screen at Ayala Malls Vertis North. The premiere was packed with guests that include celebrities Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, Marco Gallo, Ruru Madrid, Ranz Kyle and Niana Guerrero and a lot more!

 

Upping the ante in movie viewing experience and in synch with the movie’s pulse-pounding action and fun adventure, Ayala Malls Cinemas showcases the A-Giant Screen, one of the country’s largest cinema screens, and features the country’s first ever movie skybox – a private lounge with motorized recliner seats providing utmost comfort while enjoying movies with your family and friends. Having in mind, one’s ultimate enjoyment as it continues to feature a varied selection of movies for all types of audiences. With the latest design and state-of-the-art technology at the cinema, Ayala Malls Cinemas and Disney Philippines’ guests definitely had a grand time!

“Thor: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi and picks up from the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” In the film, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer, and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asguardian civilization. The movie stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

Experience it best at Ayala Malls Cinemas. See you at the movies!

Ayala Malls Cinemas exclusively screens touching film ‘A Family Man’

Ayala Malls Cinemas exclusively brings Gerard Butler’s latest movie “A Family Man” starting August 23 in Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma.

“A Family Man” is Gerard Butler’s latest passion piece directed by Mark Williams who is also an accomplished producer behind acclaimed features such as Ben Affleck’s “The Accountant” and Netflix’s “Ozark.”

Known for his blockbuster iconic action roles in “300”, “London Has Fallen”, “Olympus Has Fallen” and voice in “How to Train Your Dragon”, Butler plays Dane Jensen in “A Family Man,” a driven Chicago-based headhunter, working at a cut-throat job placement firm. When Dane’s boss (Willem Dafoe) announces his retirement, he pits Dane against Lynn Wilson (Alison Brie), Dane’s equally driven but polar-opposite rival at the firm, in a battle for control over the company. As Dane gears up for the professional battle of his life, he learns his 10-year-old son Ryan (Max Jenkins) is diagnosed with an illness. Suddenly, Dane is pulled between achieving his professional dream and his family, who need him now more than ever.

Assembling the strong supporting cast for the movie included frequent award-winners Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina who were respectively cast as Dane’s ruthless but retiring manager at the recruitment firm and as an aging out-of-work engineer, each of whom challenge headhunter Dane Jensen in unpredictable ways. Alison Brie was a perfect match to Gerald as Dane’s rival, being herself “smart, beautiful, confident and charming all in one,” producer Craig Flores described. Gretchen Mol rounded out the deep bench of talent as Dane’s wife, Elise.

But the most difficult role to cast was the character of Dane Jensen’s son, Ryan. Dane’s journey is predominantly framed through his relationship with Ryan, which is constantly transforming over the course of the film. Craig described the wide search that went into Ryan’s casting: “We reviewed hundreds of self-tapes and auditions from all around the world to find the right kid. Very tough decisions were made, but we ultimately discovered that Max Jenkins was born to play the role.”

An Ayala Malls Cinemas exclusive, “A Family Man” is now showing in Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma.

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ screens in 4DX theaters at the Ayala Malls Cinemas

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at the Ayala Malls Cinemas 4DX movie theatres will wow and amaze you with the magical motion chairs and environmental effects of 4DX technology.

Presented as the first stand-alone Star Wars film, Rogue One is set in the same universe but with a “new view” of the universe. The grandeur of the scene revealing the spectacular battlefield on the land beyond the galaxy will be accompanied by the swirling wind and deep vibrations from the motion chairs, tilting forward and backward to give a feeling of floating as if you’re really inside a jet plane.

There will also be series of air shots and tickler effects during fight scenes with storm troopers that will bring much thrill to the viewers. To add more, Jyn Erso’s bold actions in the movie combined with 4DX effects will be delicately woven to come out as an awesome “real-life” moves.

Finally, one of the most anticipated scenes of the movie – when the Empire’s new weapon, the Death Star, is about to unleash its superpower and the rebellion fights back – the combination of the 4DX effects such as fog, water, scents and chair movements perfectly work in harmony that bring out the immersiveness of the film.

There’s no other way for us fans to experience Rogue One: A Star Wars Story but on 4DX movie theatres at Ayala Malls Cinemas.

Ayala Malls Cinemas at Bonifacio High Street opened the first ever 4DX theatre in the country last April 2014. Since then, the movie-viewing landscape has never been the same. Tremendous response from movie fans kept the 4DX theatre bustling and thriving especially for action-adventure films. And now with the additional 2 locations, in U.P. Town Center in Quezon City and Greenbelt 3 in Makati City, this game-changing cinema technology has always been delighting the moviegoers. Last November 18, Ayala Malls Cinemas and partner Korean company, CJ 4DPLEX, pioneer of the 4D cinemas had their contract signing for the additional two 4DX theatres. Now, all these 4DX theatres have been keeping movie aficionados looking forward on their next movie adventure with 4DX.

As a special treat, Ayala Malls Cinemas is giving away Star Wars bobble heads. Check out its twitter page for details. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is now showing at Ayala Malls Cinemas. Visit http://www.sureseats.com for the movie schedule. Get updated on the latest blockbusters and cinema promos. Follow us at our Facebook page @AyalaMallsCinemas, Twitter @ilovesureseats, and Instagram @iloveayalamallscinemas .

Ayala Malls Cinemas launches U.P. Town Center 4DX, recliner seats, Dolby Atmos theater

Buckle up, sit tight and rediscover movies as Ayala Malls Cinemas’ U.P. Town Center (along Katipunan Ave., Quezon City) opened the first 4DX screen in the city at its recent launch (July 15) of its multiplex of cinemas that also houses luxurious recliner seats and the latest in Dolby Atmos technology.

Responsive to the needs of the community, Ayala Malls Cinemas’ U.P. Town Center intensifies the cinematic experience notches higher with its four (4) state-of-the-art cinemas – (1)Recliner seats equipped in Dolby Atmos, (2) Dolby digital theatres and (1) 4DX cinema.

Be in the movie by using all of your senses with U.P. Town Center’s 4DX cinema, the first of its kind in northern Metro Manila. Stimulating not just the eyes but the rest of the senses too, 4DX has indeed transformed the experience of watching movies. Its 4DX motion chairs are equipped with bottom and back shakers and leg ticklers – tilts forward, backward, side to side and nudges in the back. Further immersing the audience, the cinema’s environmental effects feature that emits wind, bubbles, different scents, water, fog and lightning are seamlessly synchronized with the action on screen.

For the keen listener, another first in the area is the Dolby Atmos technology that creates powerful, moving audio and introduces two important concepts to cinema sound – audio objects and overhead speakers. Sounds flow all around the cinema while comfortably watching in the motorized recliner seats (for those managing their home cinema – leather recliners should become a good alternative), while fully engaged with what’s happening on the big screen – 2D, 3D and 4DX.

Hungry for more? Complementing an unparalleled impressive cinematic experience, U.P. Town Center Cinemas has a Movie Snack Bar too that also offers a wide range of snacks and refreshments for a fully satisfying movie treat.

The only University Town Center in the country, U.P. Town Center Cinemas’ schedule can also be accessed at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ http://www.sureseats.com – an online portal of movie schedules where one can reserve and buy tickets in advance. Additionally, Ayala Malls Cinemas’ MPass card is a reloadable prepaid movie card that comes in handy for online and over the counter ticket purchases which also offers exclusive promos.

Present during the launch of U.P. Town Center Cinemas featuring the latest “Ghostbusters” movie are Ms. Rowena M. Tomeldan – President of Ayala Land Malls Inc., Atty. Rolly S. Dueñas – Deputy General Manager of Ayala Malls Cinemas, Mr. Robert J. Lotho – General Manager of U.P. Town Center, Mr. Amir V. Precilla – General Manager of Ayala Malls Cinemas and Mr. Mark L. Sablan – Senior Division Manager of Ayala Land Inc.

The event was graced by celebrities and prominent personalities such as Angelika dela Cruz, Jane Oneiza, Leo Katigbak, Sec. Rene Almendras, Vincent Del Rosario, Loisa Andalio, Jairus Aquino and Yves Flores.

12th Cinemalaya runs from August 5 to 14; expands to Cebu

The 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival will be bigger this year as it expands its reach beyond Metro Manila to Cebu City this August.

In Metro Manila, Cinemalaya opens at its main venue on August 5-14 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and at satellite venues at Ayala Cinemas in Greenbelt 3 and Glorietta, Makati, Trinoma and UP Town Center, Quezon City and Nuvali, Sta. Rosa. In Cebu, Cinemalaya will run from August 9-14 at Ayala Mall.

This year’s festival, which carries the theme “Break the Surface” marks the return of the Full Length Feature category. Nine entries will vie for the Cinemalaya Award, namely: Ang Bagong Pamilya Ni Ponching by Inna Miren Salazar and Dos Ocampo, Dagsin by Atom Magadia, Hiblang Abo by Ralston Jover, I America by Ivan Andrew Payawal, Kusina by David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares, Lando at Bugoy by Vic Acedillo, Jr., Mercury Is Mine by Jason Paul Laxamana, Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr. and Tuos by Derick Cabrido.

Ten entries will compete in the Short Feature category. These are: Ang Hapon Ni Nanding by Rommel Tolentino; Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa; Bugtaw by Noah Del Rosario; Butas by Richard Cawed; Fish Out Of Water by Mon A.L. Garilao; Forever Natin by Cyrus Valdez; Get Certified by Isaias Herrera Zantua; Mansyong Papel by Ogos Aznar; Nakauwi Na by John Relano, Patrick Baleros and Luis Hidalgo; and Pektus by Isabel Quesada.

Cinemalaya will offer the following sections this year: Festival’s Best, Asian Showcase, Documentaries, Tribute to Francis Pasion, and Cinemalaya Institute showcase. The Cinemalaya Campus, a major component of the Festival, will be held on August 9-10 at the CCP Little Theater. The Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, which is considered the longest-running independent film competition of its kind in the ASEAN/Asian region, will have its 28th run during Cinemalaya.

A new feature of this year’s festival will be the participation of young celebrities who will take on the role of Cinemalaya Navigators. As such, they will engage with audiences in conversations about the Cinemalaya films.

Also new this year is the partnership of Cinemalaya and Eigasai Japanese Film Festival, through the Japan Foundation. As allied festivals, Cinemalaya and Eigasai will encourage film exchange, help in the promotion of both events, and contribute to audience building and film education.

Under this alliance, Eigasai brings in two films—Ken and Kazu by Hiroshi Shoji and August in Tokyo by Ryutaro Nakagawa—to Cinemalaya’s Asian Section. Ken and Kazu will be the opening film of the Asian Section. Both films will be free admission. As part of Eigasai Film Festival, the CCP will host the screening of The Emperor in August by Masato Harada on July 8 at the CCP Little Theater.

The Asian Section will feature award winning NETPAC films, namely: Child Of Debt by Umashankar Swamy (India/Kannada, 2015), Mina Walking by Yosef Baraki (Afghanistan/Canada, 2015), Motor Bicycle by Shameera Rangana Naotunna (Sri Lanka, 2015), Stranger by Yermek Tursunov (Kazakhstan, 2015), The Kids by Sunny Yu (Taiwan, 2015), Under Heaven by Dalmira Tilepbergen (Kyrgyzstan, 2015) and Until I Lose My Breath by Emine Emel Balci (Turkey-Germany, 2015). The Asian Section will also screen River Road by Li Ruijun (China, 2014).

The Tribute to Francis Pasion honors the life and work of the late Cinemalaya director who passed away in March 2016. His films Bwaya (Cinemalaya 2014 Best Film, Best Cinematography & Best Score), Jay (Cinemalaya 2008 Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actor) and Sampaguita (2010 Cinemalaya Special Jury Prize) will be shown in this retrospective.

Lav Diaz’ Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis, which won the Silver Bear at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, will be shown in the Special Screenings section, along with his Ang Araw Bago ang Wakas. The Special Screenings section will also spotlight the work of Jaclyn Jose, recently awarded Best Actress in this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and Nick De Ocampo’s historical documentaries Eiga and Gunita, among others.

The Cinemalaya 2016 Exhibit at the Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) will feature posters and memorabilia from the films selected for the competition.

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Ayala Malls Cinemas. Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

To date, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of 127 full feature independent films and 106 short films. Many of these films have won awards in local and international competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.

For more information about Cinemalaya, visit www.cinemalaya.org, www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and the Cinemalaya Facebook page or CCP Media Arts at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP box office at 832-3704.

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Winning movie ‘Brooklyn’ features fashion, music throwbacks

Brought to life with the dreamlike shadings of a love poem, “Brooklyn” unfolds in two distinctly atmospheric worlds: one amid the cloistered, muted beauty of Enniscorthy, Ireland and the other in the bustling chaos of New York’s Brooklyn, the frequent first stop of many immigrants to America, starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson who make up the film’s love triangle.

The entirety of “Brooklyn” builds to the life-altering decisions Eilis (Ronan) must make: between Tony (Cohen) and Jim (Gleeson), between Brooklyn and Ireland, between her past and what she wants for her future. Everyone involved knew from the start that the story hinged on the uncertainty of her ultimate choice.

Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" and Eileen O'Higgins as "Nancy" in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown.  © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Saoirse Ronan as “Eilis” and Eileen O’Higgins as “Nancy” in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Helping to recreate the era in the minds of actors were the beautiful clothes sourced and created by Odile Dicks-Mireaux to evoke the inimitable elegance and grace of 1950s New York. She was thrilled to step back into that era. “It was a complete pleasure to work with these characters,” says Dicks-Mireaux, “and there was so much craftsmanship and invention in the 1950s period.”

The early era of street photography, especially work by the mysterious Vivian Maier and iconic New York shooter Elliott Erwitt, inspired Dicks-Mireaux with their candid shots of transient city moments. However, she avoided even glancing at the couture of the era.

Jessica Paré as "Miss Fortini" and Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown.  © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Jessica Paré as “Miss Fortini” and Saoirse Ronan as “Eilis” in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

“John’s specific edict was to not look at any fashion magazines because this is a story of real people – of working class girls trying to make their living in New York,” she explains. “In every aspect of the film, John wanted the look to be very natural and real.”

Dicks-Mireaux especially enjoyed contrasting fashionable Brooklyn, of which Eilis is soon a part, with the more austere dress of Enniscorthy. “There was a huge difference between America and Ireland in those post-war years,” she explains. “The styles could not have been more distinct which is perfect for the story we’re telling. In America it was a time of rich color – reds, caramels and yellow ochres, pinks and pale colors – that just did not exist then in Ireland.”

An equal contributor to the film’s transporting atmosphere is the music, led by an aching score from Michael Brook (Into The Wild, The Fighter). There is also a transcendent musical moment — when Eilis volunteers to serve Christmas lunch to downtrodden Irish immigrants, only to be enraptured by one homesick man’s stirring Irish lament.

Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" and Emory Cohen as "Tony" in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown.  © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Saoirse Ronan as “Eilis” and Emory Cohen as “Tony” in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Jane Brennan as "Mary" and Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" in BROOKLYN. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Jane Brennan as “Mary” and Saoirse Ronan as “Eilis” in BROOKLYN. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Colm Tóibín told Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey that the unique voice of Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird had been a particular inspiration to him while writing that scene. Inspired themselves, they approached Ó Lionáird and were delighted to be able to bring him to Montreal to perform “Casadh an Tsúgáin” live on the set.

Ó Lionáird fully understood why it would impact Eilis so deeply. “It’s a love song, in which the repeating chorus talks about a man asking the woman to define in what way she’s connected to him,” he explains. “That resonates for Eilis, in that she’s connected to two worlds. In the song, the man is asking the woman ‘if you’re with me, you’re with me’ and he says ‘be with me in front of everybody, show everybody, be clear.’ She has to step into her own future and to decide what that is.”

Ronan was as moved as Eilis is during the scene. “Through this incredible voice, Iarla was able to communicate every emotion that you go through when you’re away from home,” she says.

Julie Walters as "Mrs. Kehoe" and Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" in BROOKLYN. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.  © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Julie Walters as “Mrs. Kehoe” and Saoirse Ronan as “Eilis” in BROOKLYN. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

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“Brooklyn” is now playing exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 3, Market! Market!, Fairview Terraces) from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros.

Brad Pitt relates ‘By The Sea’ script blurs into reality

Joining Angelina Jolie Pitt both in production duties and in front of the screen for Universal Pictures’ new romantic drama By the Sea is husband Brad Pitt.

“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, the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.

Brad Pitt reflects on the story and their experience: “In the sense that it is sparse and elegant in its telling, Angie has written a very European film. Our job as actors is to make it more personal. Suddenly, to make it that personal, it becomes blurred. We have such history and mutual respect…as well as expectations of each other and our family. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve taken on. But at the same time, there’s been a great freedom in that, because we can experiment and play. It was oddly a safer environment than any set I’ve been on before, and so we let loose.”

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Six characters take center stage in this tale, and Pitt walks us through the key players: “It’s a story about multiple couples at different stages in their lives. There are Lea and Francois, a couple who is just married and excited by the potential of the future; Michel and Patrice, who, in the form of a friendship, have been hardened and calloused and softened and widened by their experiences. Then there are our characters, Roland and Vanessa, who are at that stage where the newness has worn off and everything has come to the surface. It’s that point where they can either break through this and grow stronger beyond that point, or go their separate ways.”

It was the final pairing whom Jolie Pitt and Pitt ultimately decided to portray on screen. They would explore the travails of the second stage of love and how couples cope with the unexpected blows that life brings to a relationship that started with endless promise and isn’t sure where to go next.

For his part, Pitt relished delving into a character so very different from his previous roles. He explains: “Roland’s trying to figure out his book, and they’ve come to this seaside village for inspiration. I’m sure he’s got visions of Hemingway on his mind, with this locality and characters. But his book ultimately becomes about them and their experiences…as well as the effect that this time and place has had on them, and how they come out the other side.”

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As Roland spends time among the locals, working on his book and racking his brain about how to come out on the other side of a torturous time in his marriage, he finds strange comfort in his helplessness. Reflects Pitt: “There is a puzzle in figuring out those things that get in the way of your true feelings about someone, really loving them. A lot of it is past insecurities, wanting something so much that you focus too much on losing it. Then all this is in play.”

Discussing the experience of working with her off-screen husband, Jolie Pitt is characteristically frank: “We have 10 years of history, and it all fed into these performances. It was challenging. I realized that it’s the greatest thing as an artist if you can use all of the intimacy toward your partner, challenge and push each other and fight to make things better. You pull out something from one another that feels very different.”

By the Sea opens November 18, 2015 exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas as distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

— PRESS STATEMENT FROM UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES

‘By the Sea’ unravels new poster, images

Universal Pictures has just revealed new images, including a poster art, from the romantic drama By the Sea, Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie Pitt’s directorial follow-up to the studio’s epic “Unbroken.”

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To be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide, “By the Sea” is written, directed and produced by Jolie Pitt, and stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt, who are supported by an international ensemble led by Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud 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.

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By the Sea opens soon in Philippine cinemas as distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

— PRESS STATEMENT FROM UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES