Universal Pictures has reportedly given a Nov. 13 release date to the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt film, “By The Sea.” Jolie’s third directorial effort is already being considered a major contender for this year’s top awards.

Set in the 1970s, the drama features Jolie and Pitt as a couple who take a vacation in a bid to save their troubled marriage. Other cast members -- including Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer -- play fellow travelers who reportedly help the couple resolve their relationship issues. 

The film, inspired by European cinema, explores various themes of human experience, Collider reported. Jolie wrote the script for the film, which marks the first time since 2005's “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” that she will star opposite her real-life husband.

“By The Sea” was largely shot on the picturesque island of Malta shortly after Jolie and Pitt's real-life wedding. “We are working together on a drama about grief and finding a way through a difficult marriage. We find it very funny that it's our honeymoon,” the 39-year-old actress told People.

Jolie and Pitt “have created a gem of a film” that will leave audiences spellbound, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langely has said, adding that the studio has high expectations of success.

Other participants include cinematographer Christian Berger and costume designer Ellen Mirojnick.

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