Angelina Jolie is working on a new film project but you won’t be seeing her on screen. That’s right, the Tomb Raider star will be directing an upcoming film set to release in December, “In the Land of Blood Honey”. Starring Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic and Rade Serbedzija, this drama-romance film is set during the Bosnian war.
A forbidden love between a Bosnian woman (Marjanovic) and a Serbian man (Kostic) blossoms during the civil war in Bosnia in the 1990s. The two lovers meet at the eve of the war and find themselves longing for a romantic relationship. The film depicts the life of the Bosnian people during the civil war and how the war takes its effects on the lives of the two very different people in love.
Portions of the shooting for the film took place in Saravejo, Bosnia, although Hungary was the primary backdrop for the production. Since the film focuses on the love relationship between a Serbian rape camp administrator and a Bosnian war victim the film obviously touches on sensitive issues such as ethnic battles and rape – several protests were ignited, which revoked permission of the movie to be filmed in Bosnia. However, Angelina Jolie resolved the matter and secured another permit which then pushed the filming successfully.
Several of the cast members commented on how they found the script very interesting and how it was written with great authenticity. It further came as a great surprise to them to learn that their director was also the writer of the intense drama. Goran Kostic said that they had no idea who wrote script but expected it to be someone big and from the top. When they discovered the author was Jolie, they were quite surprised.
Jolie wrote the script at her house in France during her quarantine due to the flu. Her husband Brad Pitt was supportive of his wife’s work and even said that the script was “not bad”. Aside from that, Pitt refused to comment choosing to remain very tight lipped about his wife’s work.
The film, “In The Land Of Blood And Honey” is set to be released December 23, 2011. Both fans and critics alike are generally excited for outcome of the film. This will be Jolie’s directorial debut.