Angelina Jolie stepped away from the front of the camera, and decided to create a movie instead. Angelina’s “In The Land of Blood and Honey”, marks her debut as a writer and director.
The film takes place in the mid-90’s during the Bosnian war, telling the love story of a Serbian rape camp administrator and a Bosnian-Muslim woman and war victim. The sensitive subject matter drew protests from Bosnian women, and temporarily halted Jolie’s filming. Ultimately she was allowed to continue after the full plot was revealed.
The film uses local actors, including stars Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic, who play the two lovers. It filmed in both English and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian.
“All information was hidden,” Kostic recently told Vanity Fair. “It was obvious it was somebody big. You’re an actor, you audition, and they don’t tell you who it is, you know it’s somebody from the top. I had no idea. Nor did I want to speculate. I did what I had to do. Later, when they told us Angelina Jolie wrote the script, I was quite pleasantly surprised to see how she was able to put all of it together.”
The film hits theaters on December 23rd, right in the middle of the busy, prestige movie season.
Check out the trailer below!