In the Land of Blood and Honey is Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut and deals with the atrocities of the Bosnian War in the 1990s. It also has a love story rapped up in the story that is complex to say the least. Jolie also wrote the screenplay. She wrote the screenplay in English and it was then translated by the actors who are all natives of the region. The film stars Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Rade Šerbedžija, Vanesa Glodjo, and Nikola Djuricko.
I also attached the 60 Minutes feature on Angelina Jolie that aired a couple of weeks ago. The feature is mostly about the film, so I thought it worthy to add to this post.
“Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, In the Land of Blood and Honey tells the story of Danijel (Goran Kosti?) and Ajla (Zana Marjanovi?), two people from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla, a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees, knew each other before the war, and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, their allegiances uncertain. In the Land of Blood and Honey portrays the incredible emotional, moral and physical toll that the war exerts both on individuals and people as a whole, and the terrible consequences that stem from the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict.”
In the Land of Blood and Honey is in select theatres December 23, 2011, and will open wider after that.