Angelina Jolie’s first film as a director arrives on screens on December 23, 2011. The film, which takes place during the Bosnian war, is entitled “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”
“It’s a heavy film,” Angelina said at the Cannes Film Festival. “You want to find that title that really helps the audience know what they’re walking into.”
Jolie also confessed that naming it was “driving me crazy. I have lists and lists of titles all over
FilmDistrict, a subsidiary of Graham King’s GK Films, will distribute the feature film, written and directed by Jolie.
King, who financed the project with his partner Tim Headington, praised the talents of the actress as a filmmaker.
“Working with Angelina on this film and story has been a great collaboration and I am extremely proud of this film. The filmmaking is impeccable, and signals the arrival of a visceral and compelling storyteller,” he said.
“The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it’s also universal,” Jolie said in an interview with USA Today. “I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living inside a war.”
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” was filmed last year in Bosnia, in English and in the former Serbo-Croatian language. Jolie doesn’t star in it. Local actors Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic and Rade Serbedzija are featured.