While production was completed both in English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (or BCH as its known) versions, Jolie is opting for the latter for the film's stateside release. Deadline reports that FilmDistrict will drop the movie in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on the previously announced December 23rd release date, and all you Academy voting grandpas are gonna have to bring your reading glasses. Jolie had apparently screened both versions for FilmDistrict honchos Peter Schlessel and Bob Berney and everyone agreed the original language version was the way to go on this one.
Starring Zana Marjanović (”Snow”), Rade Šerbedžija (”Snatch”) and Goran Kostic (”Taken”), the film is a romantic drama about the troubled relationship between a Muslim woman and a Serbian man in the midst of the Bosnian war. The first trailer for the movie was surprisingly powerful, proving that Jolie has some considerable chops behind the camera. The film is still an unknown quotient in the Oscar race, but screenings for critics are already happening to a groundswell in some direction -- either positive, negative or maybe not at all -- should be taking shape soon.
As for the English language version, it won't be tossed out, but instead will be available possibly in future VOD or DVD releases. No word yet on the wide release date, but until then here's a larger version of a new image from the film that premiered on EW.