Ad Astra looks and sounds like a space epic with a movie star in Brad Pitt, but much more goes on below the surface.
Pitt said on Thursday at the Venice International Film Festival that he and director James Gray deals extensively with the idea of masculinity.
"Having grown up in a time of learning to be strong and showing no weakness has some value, but there is also a barrier created to deny that pain or things for whose disclosure you are ashamed, "said Pitt. "I believe we asked the question: is a better definition of being more open and having a better relationship with loved ones, your parents, your children, and yourself?"
Ad Astra follows Pitts detached astronaut Roy McBride on a journey into the distance of space to find his estranged father, a famous astronaut long considered dead. That was one of the biggest challenges he has ever done. Not only did he and Gray use mostly practical sets (he laughed that he and his friend George Clooney had exchanged "some unpleasant stories" about the strings and rigs that simulated antigravity in space movies), but also an emotionally demanding role. [1
"We do not. We have a normal masculine relationship, have always been very open about our weaknesses and have had big laughs in our awkward moments and been open to our feelings about our perceived mistakes or missteps "Pitt said. "It was a really unique experience."
Gray said it was important for actors to not "worry about being liked or hated, or sympathetic or disagreeable."
"You can only worry about being honest about who you are, and being vulnerable and open-minded," he added.
The film had its world premiere at the 76th edition of the Venice Festival and stands alongside Films such as Joker and in the Golden Lion Competition] Marriage Past winners such as "The Shape of Water" and "Roma" have reached the Oscars in recent years To win or win the best picture nominations In the question of the Oscar prospects for "Ad Astra" distracts Pitt, who despite two nominations has not yet won an Oscar for acting.
"Every year I see that amazing talents "And I feel like when your number comes up, it's great fun, and when someone else's number comes up, it's a lot of fun to see them," Pitt said was that an evasive maneuver? "
His focus is on making the movie finally available to the public. The release date of "Ad Astra" was postponed a few times when Fox integrated its release plan after its acquisition in Disney.
"I just want to bring this movie out," Pitt said. It's a challenging film, it's subtle and works on many cylinders and has something to say about who we are, the soul, why we stick to it, what's our purpose, I'm curious to see where it ends up. "
Ad Astra is scheduled for an international release on September 20.