After almost a year of touring the film-festival circuit, Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions’ “Manchester by the Sea” is finally ready to hit theaters. The upcoming drama held its premiere party this week in Los Angeles, with the cast and crew attending the famed Samuel Goldwyn Theater Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
Among the cast that attended the event were Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, the two stars of the film. They were joined by fellow cast-mates Lucas Hedges, Matthew Broderick, Anna Baryshnikov, and Kara Hayward. The film’s writer and director, Kenneth Lonergan, was also in attendance, along with producers Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Lauren Beck, Chris Moore, and Kevin Walsh. A few celebrity friends also came to event to show their support, including Ben Affleck, Ed Asner, Juliette Lewis, Amanda Peet, Molly Shannon, Peter Fonda and Busy Phillips.
As we mentioned earlier, the film has been touring for the better half of a year. The film was part of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, it was presented at the New York Film Festival, and it was an official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
“Manchester by the Sea” follows the life of a Boston janitor, just as his life is transformed after returning to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, Manchester by the Sea is a story of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.
After the death of his older brother Joe (played by Kyle Chandler), the character Lee Chandler (played by Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges).
Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to his hometown to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him. You can watch the official-trailer for the film below, or on the studio’s official YouTube channel.
The film has a lot of big-budget competition over the weekend, but if you have the chance to hit the theaters to see it, it will be worth it. The cast, crew, and art-direction of the film make it a film to know heading into awards season. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions will release “Manchester by the Sea” on November 18, 2016.