“Year by the sea” is based on the New York Times best-selling memoir by Joan Anderson. It stars Karen Allen (“Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Animal House”). Executive-produced by Tony-award winners Daryl Roth (“Kinky Boots,” “Indecent”) and Terry Schnuck (“Beautiful”), “Year” was written, directed and composed by Alexander Janko.
“Year” recounts empty-nester Joan Anderson’s decision not to follow her husband who’s relocated to Kansas. Instead, she (Anderson is played by Karen Allen) moves to Cape Cod to regroup and chart a new course for herself. Plagued by guilt and self-doubt, she runs into a spirited mentor, Joan Erikson (Celia Imrie). With a support group that includes her literary agent and a host of locals, Joan learns to embrace the ebb and flow of life, ultimately discovering the balance between self and sacrifice, obligation and desire.
The film will open at Lincoln Plaza and Landmark Sunshine in New York on September 8 and at Laemmle Royal, Town Center and Playhouse 7 in Los Angeles on September 15. A national release will follow.
Allen has directed a short film which premiered at the recent Woods Hole Festival (festival takes place at the end of July). The short film, “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.” was shot in the Berkshires, where Allen has lived for several years.