Angelina Jolie will make her directorial debut on December 23 with In the Land of Blood & Honey. And of course, the movie deals with war. This is Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie we’re talking about. You didn’t expect a rom-com, did you?
In the movie, a Serbian man falls in love with a Muslim Bosnian woman, right before the Bosnian War of 1992 separates them.
"The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it's also universal," Jolie, 36, has said. "I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living inside a war."
The movie stars Goran Kostic and Zana Marjonovic, who are locals citizen in the Eastern European area where Jolie shot the movie. In fact, many of the other actors in the movie were children of war during the 90s.
“The former Yugoslavia has a rich history of dramatic arts. The cast was extraordinary," Jolie, who also wrote the film, said. "I was privileged and honored to work with them and I am very excited for everyone to see their immense talent."
Jolie has also said in the past that she wouldn’t have done the film if the locals in the area didn’t support it. And while some did, others didn’t. Initially, it was protested by several local women’s groups. Probably because a local newspaper falsely reported that the character in the movie falls in love with her rapist. But that doesn’t at all happen in the script, and Angelina even sent the screenplay to the women’s group. But for some reason, they still weren’t happy and even sent a letter to the United Nations saying that Jolie shouldn’t be ambassador anymore, and that they are “deeply concerned” about the movie’s release.
The trailer goes to great lengths to recreate the characteristics of full-blown war. Despite the fact that it’s focused on a love story, the war scenes in the movie are large scale. There’s gunfire, several explosions and battle scenes.
While promoting Moneyball at the Toronto Film Festival, Brad Pitt remained tight lipped about what he thought of the film.
“I will say nothing," Pitt said. "Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing."
So then, his costar, Jonah Hill, chimed in:
"It is the best college sex comedy I have ever seen in my entire life!" He then admitted, “I have no idea what you guys are talking about.”