Friday, May 20, 2011

...In the Land of Blood and Honey (Go Angie!).

Angelina Jolie's fist directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, has picked up distribution and is scheduled to release December 23rd of this year.

Set in the 1990s during the Bosnian war, it centers around a couple struggling to keep their relationship strong while enduring the political struggle of their homeland.

"The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it's also universal. I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living in side a war." [Jolie]

The screenplay that was also written by Jolie, has been filmed in English, as well as, Serbo-Croatian and employed local actors from both Bosnia and Herzegovina.

I can appreciate Jolie's attempt at directing and hopefully it will be a success. I love period pieces, especially the one's that explore environments that I am unfamiliar with. Her decision to have the film translated displays a great deal of respect to the country of Bosnia. I [personally] would assume that she wants them to understand her film and be apart of the "experience," however, not all of the natives have  agreed.

According to the Huffington PostThe Association of Women Victims of War, a powerful lobby of advocates for those who suffered horrifying crimes in mass rape camps set up during the war, protested the film, leading to the revocation of Jolie's permit to film within the country. Eventually, Jolie was able to clear up the matter and re-secure the permit. [source]

Hopefully, the film will be a truer representation of what really happened instead of the usual foreign gaze of an event.

Rade Serbedzija
Nikola Djuricko
Goran Kostic

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