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.
Jolie has also been shooting the film twice, once in English and once in the native language of the actors involved:
“We actually shot a full version in their native language and we shot a full version in English. We shot two complete films. I was only able to do it because the actors were so fluent in English so they were willing to work hard and do the scenes in two languages.”
She adds that different territories will have the option of which version they want to hit theaters. It’s interesting to see Jolie relinquish a level of creative control in exchange for accessibility.
The cast includes Zana Majonovic (Snow) in the lead role and Rade Šerbedžija (Snatch) as well as cameo by Brad Pitt. There’s currently no word on a release date but Jolie is currently in L.A. editing the film. The Playlist assumes (and we agree) that the film will likely hit the festival circuit sometime next year and be distributed in the fall through producer Graham King’s new distribution arm, Film District. Here’s the synopsis of the film provided by Šerbedžija:
A love story about a young Serb and a Muslim woman who fell in love several evenings before beginning of war in Bosnia. The action follows war events with the young Muslim woman ending up in a Serbian concentration camp from where she is somehow saved by the young Serb. Their love becomes passionate but impossible.