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Watch: Trailer For Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey'

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 21, 2011 12:33 PM
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Well, it looks like the Oscar race just got a major shakeup. Though it was slated for a release date in December way back in the spring, Angelina Jolie's upcoming directorial debut "In The Land Of Blood And Honey" has been a completely unknown element. With no festival appearances, and a lack of stills and promotional material, it was left up to speculation if the film was a misguided vanity project, a true awards season contender or something else entirely. Well, a very meaty trailer has now landed online and Jolie looks to have delivered something that could change up the game this fall.

The film, which has already courted controversy, stars Zana Marjanović (”Snow”), Rade Šerbedžija (”Snatch”) and Goran Kostic (”Taken”) in a romantic drama about the troubled relationship between a Muslim woman and a Serbian man in the midst of the Bosnian war. The spot shows that Jolie isn't shying away from the grittier elements of the war, and the love story plays out against that backdrop with the leads questioning their own emotional motivations and trust. “The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it’s also universal,” Jolie said earlier this year. “I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living inside a war.”

All in all, it looks quite handsomely put together, and displays a very strong directorial hand, with some good performances to boot so consider us very pleasantly surprised. FilmDistrict will release the film into theaters on December 23rd. Watch below.

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19 Comments

  • Dino81 | March 1, 2012 12:18 PMReply

    I will give Jolie some credit here for manufacturing some brilliant shots (mostly the war scenes) that work to show her talent behind a camera. But much as Jolie tries, it seems as if she knows more about the logistics of a love story than about creating a compelling war film. Not to say that "In the Land of Blood and Honey" isn't a watchable effort, and does minimally redeem itself in the final two scenes of the film, BUT how this film was nominated for a Golden Globe only proves that the Hollywood Foreign Press will do anything to hang out with big stars. You can watch here if you didn't already @ www.inthelandofbloodhoney.blogspot.com

  • Malia Isaacson | November 2, 2011 8:54 AMReply

    Not sure if my oppion counts. No matter what we do or what we say. some with agree and other will disagree. she was able to make the movie and its going to be out for everyone to see. Im sure there are going to be a few that dislike it and or disagree with it and others will love it and agree no matter what form history is made its made. If Angie crossed any lines im sure it would have stopped her from making the movie,not just people but herself because she doesnt seem like the type to enjoy making people mad.

  • James J. Braddock | October 28, 2011 2:28 AMReply

    http://thesoulshattering.net

    Did Angelina Jolie use (steal) this book (The Soul Shattering in English) written by the Bosnian-Croatian author James J. Braddock a.k.a Josip J. Knežević, as the story platform for her movie In The Land of Blood and Honey?

    Did she totally miss the truth and core of that genocidal war against Bosnia and her people?

    Why was she banned from filming in Bosnia by the most influental organization of women - victims of the war?

    Did she rewrite history and offended thousands of women and other innocent victims of the Serbian aggression on Bosnia & Herzegovina?

    Should American women and human rights organizations get involved?

  • Mike | October 22, 2011 11:21 AMReply

    It still looks like it could go either way: delicate and meaningful, or heavy-handed and unabashedly preachy. This is still a fresh and very difficult subject. That said, I will be watching to see how it turns out.

  • James J. Braddock | October 22, 2011 9:45 AMReply

    http://thesoulshattering.net

    Did Angelina Jolie use (steal) this book (The Soul Shattering in English) written by the Bosnian-Croatian author James J. Braddock a.k.a Josip J. Knežević, as the story platform for her movie In The Land of Blood and Honey?

    Did she totally miss the truth and core of that genocidal war against Bosnia and her people?

    Why was she banned from filming in Bosnia by the most influental organization of women - victims of the war?

    Did she rewrite history and offended thousands of women and other innocent victims of the Serbian aggression on Bosnia & Herzegovina?

    Should American women and human rights organizations get involved?

  • Ligaya | October 22, 2011 8:33 AMReply

    (Been abset - had trouble accessing site for a while due to transcript style problems)

    Playlist's trailer reivew:

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/watch_trailer_for_angelina_jolies_directorial_debut_in_the_land_of_blood_an/

    Summary: All in all, it looks quite handsomely put together, and displays a very strong directorial hand, with some good performances to boot so consider us very pleasantly surprised. FilmDistrict will release the film into theaters on December 23rd. Watch below

    Well, it looks like the Oscar race just got a major shakeup. Though it was slated for a release date in December way back in the spring, Angelina Jolie‘s upcoming directorial debut “In The Land Of Blood And Honey” has been a completely unknown element. With no festival appearances, and a lack of stills and promotional material, it was left up to speculation if the film was a misguided vanity project, a true awards season contender or something else entirely. Well, a very meaty trailer has now landed online and Jolie looks to have delivered something that could change up the game this fall.

    The film, which has already courted controversy, stars Zana Marjanović (”Snow”), Rade Šerbedžija (”Snatch”) and Goran Kostic (”Taken”) in a romantic drama about the troubled relationship between a Muslim woman and a Serbian man in the midst of the Bosnian war. The spot shows that Jolie isn’t shying away from the grittier elements of the war, and the love story plays out against that backdrop with the leads questioning their own emotional motivations and trust. “The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it’s also universal,” Jolie said earlier this year. “I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living inside a war.”
    .
    [My addendum: From several earlier interviews, I've gathered Angelina Jolie's frustration that the international communnity waits too late to intervene in wars of genocide like Bosnia-Hercegovina and Rwanda. She was in Kosovo in 2001 as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and has visited several times with refugees in the past 10 years (the latest April, I believe). I think this is what she means about the human condition, how love/war affects indiividuals/ethnic groups, and how the international community lacked the political will or cared enough to end the genocide earlier.]

  • Ligaya | October 22, 2011 8:30 AMReply

    (Been abset - had trouble accessing site for a while due to transcript style problems)

    Playlist's trailer reivew:

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/watch_trailer_for_angelina_jolies_directorial_debut_in_the_land_of_blood_an/

    Summary: All in all, it looks quite handsomely put together, and displays a very strong directorial hand, with some good performances to boot so consider us very pleasantly surprised. FilmDistrict will release the film into theaters on December 23rd. Watch below

    Well, it looks like the Oscar race just got a major shakeup. Though it was slated for a release date in December way back in the spring, Angelina Jolie‘s upcoming directorial debut “In The Land Of Blood And Honey” has been a completely unknown element. With no festival appearances, and a lack of stills and promotional material, it was left up to speculation if the film was a misguided vanity project, a true awards season contender or something else entirely. Well, a very meaty trailer has now landed online and Jolie looks to have delivered something that could change up the game this fall.

    The film, which has already courted controversy, stars Zana Marjanović (”Snow”), Rade Šerbedžija (”Snatch”) and Goran Kostic (”Taken”) in a romantic drama about the troubled relationship between a Muslim woman and a Serbian man in the midst of the Bosnian war. The spot shows that Jolie isn’t shying away from the grittier elements of the war, and the love story plays out against that backdrop with the leads questioning their own emotional motivations and trust. “The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it’s also universal,” Jolie said earlier this year. “I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living inside a war.”
    .
    [My addendum: From several earlier interviews, I've gathered Angelina Jolie's frustration that the international communnity waits too late to intervene in wars of genocide like Bosnia-Hercegovina and Rwanda. She was in Kosovo in 2001 as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and has visited several times with refugees in the past 10 years (the latest April), I believe. I think this is what she means about the human condition, how love/war affects indiividuals/ethnic groups, and how the international community lacked the political will or cared enough to end the genocide earlier.]

  • padre | October 22, 2011 4:45 AMReply

    SUPERSTAR ANGELINA JOLIE laying the smackdown! BOOYAH! Never underestimate a true SUPERSTAR, because they always have the power to surprise ya and blow up huge all of a sudden. Big lives with insatiable ambition and the supernatural ability to deliver the goods. BOW TO JOLIE, SUPERSTAR AND GODDESS!

  • malaney | October 22, 2011 2:30 AMReply

    Wonderful, I can't wait....

  • KitCon | October 21, 2011 12:55 PMReply

    I expected it to feel heavier like The Whistleblower but she seems to have handled it more delicately.

  • Unknown | October 21, 2011 10:34 AMReply

    After I read what the movie is about I have realized
    That this entirelly is not the true story. I know
    The original story and there is no romance
    The truth is being potrayed. Hopefully someone
    Else willn say something

  • forever | October 21, 2011 7:35 AMReply

    To Mohammed

    There are two versions, one in English and the other one in their native language

  • london,london | October 21, 2011 6:52 AMReply

    pretty solid trailer

  • James | October 21, 2011 5:45 AMReply

    The link is dead, anybody got a new one?

  • idlt | October 21, 2011 3:41 AMReply

    The trailer is intense and well done. I look forward to seeing this movie as soon as it comes out.

  • Mohammed | October 21, 2011 3:41 AMReply

    Nick Grape : I was thinking the same thing about the choice of the language, but as I've read several other places the movie was shot in both the local language and in english.

    Looks pretty good.

  • Nik Grape | October 21, 2011 3:34 AMReply

    Disappointing that it's not in the original language, for some reason I thought it would have been given the actors.

    Still though, it's peaked my interest and being Serbian, I wonder how big of a force of evil they will be depicted as in Jolie's version.

  • ann71 | October 21, 2011 3:13 AMReply

    I was looking forward for this and the trailer exceeded my expectations.She's excellent as an actress, now as a writer/director looks like she will be the same...amazing!

  • Sean | October 21, 2011 1:09 AMReply

    Looks fantastic. I've been saying for months this is going to be the dark horse contender of the year. Looks like Jolie has done it.

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