In the war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, which marks the writing and directorial debut of Angelina Jolie, Danijel (Goran Kostic) is a Bosnian Serb police officer and Ajla (Zana Marjanovic) is a Bosnian Muslim artist. Together before the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990′s, their relationship quickly changes, as violence engulfs the country. When Ajla is taken from the apartment that she shares with her sister, Lejla (Vanesa Glodjo) and Lejla’s infant child, she comes face-to-face with Danijel and his troops, under the command of Danijel’s father, General Nebojsa Vukojevish (Rade Serbedzija). As the conflict takes hold, their connection to one another grows uncertain, and the war takes a physical and emotional toll that neither of them will ever recover from.
At the film’s press day, co-stars Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic talked about revisiting this war for the experience of making the film, the difficulty of getting through some of the more emotionally intense scenes, the experience of shooting in both Bosnian and English, and the importance of having somebody like Angelina Jolie bring this particular chapter of history to the world’s attention. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Last week, we brought you this stylish poster from Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. Now we have a host of new images and clips to share with you from the Bosnian war drama. Set against a backdrop of the Bosnian War in the 1990s, the story centers on the relationship between a Serbian soldier, Danijel (Goran Kostic) and a Bosnian native, Ajla (Zana Marjanovic). In the Land of Blood and Honey explores how the dynamics between the two change with the outset of the war, in which Ajla becomes a captive at a camp overseen by Danijel. Also starring Rade Serbedzija, the film will be released both in English and BHS, the native language of Bosnia. In the Land of Blood and Honey opens in limited release on December 23rd with a wider release in January. Hit the jump to check out the clips and images.
With the holiday movie season upon us, a few new images from some of the upcoming Oscar contenders have been unveiled. We’ve got a new look at Michael Fassbender in the extremely well-received drama Shame. Fassbender plays a sex-addict opposite Carey Mulligan, and our own Matt Goldberg loved the flick. There’s also a new image of Rooney Mara from David Fincher’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, another look at Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and an ominous image of Gary Oldman from the spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Additionally, we’ve got another look at Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, and an image of Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn in the adaptation of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
But that’s not all! We’ve also got new images from We Bought a Zoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Haywire, Underworld: Awakening, In the Land of Blood and Honey, New Year’s Eve, and One for the Money. Hit the jump to check them out.
FilmDistrict has released the first trailer for Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey. The drama centers on a Muslim woman (Zana Marjanović) and a Serbian soldier (Goran Kostic) who fall in love days before Bosnian war. If I didn’t tell you that Jolie was the movie’s writer-director, you would still want to see the movie based on the trailer. That’s not to say that Jolie is a distraction, but plenty of actors step behind the camera or try to write screenplay, but not all of them are successful. Jolie looks like she’s nailed not only a serious war movie, but also a tender, heartbreaking love-story. The trailer has certainly put the film on my radar.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. In the Land of Blood and Honey opens in limited release on December 23rd.
Some interesting new info has come to light regarding Angelina Jolie’s untitled directorial debut. As we previously reported, the film is a love story set during the Bosnian War. In an extensive interview with Vasarnapi Hirek [via The Playlist], Jolie says that while she shot the film in color, she’s considering having it transferred to black and white. Said Jolie:
“It’s shot in color but it could transfer to black and white. We haven’t decided that. I can show you… we put a series of pictures together in black and white and it was beautiful. But the important thing is I want to make sure that we make a film for people who just want to go to the movies to watch a love story. To not be put off by anything that seems too heavy. So we want to walk that fine line to make it accessible to everybody because it’s important for as many people to see it.”
Hit the jump for the first image from the film as well as Jolie shooting it in two different languages.
We have two bits of casting news for you today. First, Alexis Bledel has joined James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, and Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) in the “teenage hitgirl” film Violet and Daisy. Written by Oscar-winner Geoffrey Fletcher (who wrote Precious), per Variety, the film “centers on a pair of teenage assassins who are lured into what is supposed to be just another quick and easy job, only to find complications as the man they’re supposed to kill is not what they expected.” Violet and Daisy will mark Fletcher’s directorial debut and, subjectively speaking, Bledel’s debut in something that isn’t kind of terrible.
The second bit of casting news comes from Angelina Jolie’s as of yet untitled Bosnian War film. From The Playlist, Yugoslavian actress Zana Marjanovic (Snow) has landed the lead in Jolie’s writing/directing debut. The project is described as follows: “a love story set during the Bosnian war, the film focuses on a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet on the eve of the war and the effect the war has on their relationship.” Last month, Croatian actor Rade Šerbedžija (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I) also joined the film. Production is scheduled to begin this fall in Sarajevo and Budapest. True to her word thus far, Jolie has promised to cast only actors from the region.