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Angelina Jolie Talks Land of Blood and Honey to VF, Says People Will Have to Judge it for Themselves

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by Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
August 30, 2011 5:07 AM
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Vanity Fair confirms: No wedding, no baby, no adoption. Now we can all focus on Angelina Jolie the director.

After the experience of shooting her upcoming In the Land of Blood and Honey (FilmDistrict will release the film December 23), Jolie tells Vanity Fair (October issue, out September 1) that partner Brad Pitt is afraid she'll be a nightmare for her future directors: “I had such a good experience he thinks I’m going to be impatient with directors, which I already am. I get impatient with people working on a film that have their head in their hands like it’s the most complicated thing in the world.” She does however, feel exposed.

Jolie, who functions sans acting agent or PR rep (UTA reps her as a writer/director and manager Geyer Kosinski and attorney Robert Offer handle everything else), won't be taking the film on the fall fest circuit.

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Couldn't the little film use some media attention? The cost of taking actress and entourage to Toronto or Venice would be prohibitive for producer GK Films' indie distributor FilmDistrict. Bob and Jeanne Berney didn't get much bounce from taking Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning to Sundance with Apparition's The Runaways. And Michael Winerbottom's gritty biopic A Mighty Heart, starring Jolie as Mariane Pearl, didn't get much lift from its 2007 Cannes debut. Jolie doesn't need a festival to attract press attention, anyway. She's starting out her press blitz with Vanity Fair.

Jolie started writing the script during a flu-induced quarantine in the attic of her house in France. When she sent the script to Pitt to read while he was out of town, "he called and said, ‘You know, honey, it’s not that bad.’” Jolie says she knows Pitt's support only counts for so much. "It’s hard to separate the person that loves you from the critic." We'll have to judge for ourselves, she says. "I think if you make a good movie people walk away arguing.”

[Photos courtesy of VF]

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  • mary | August 30, 2011 5:39 AMReply

    I don't agree that festival isn't very useful. While international film festival may not be important for US market, many international film festivals are still very influential platforms for promoting films to international markets.

    I think GK Films will still need to send "In the Land of Blood and Honey" to Berlin Film Festival; otherwise, Jolie would need to go to different foreign countries to promote the film, and she may not have enough time to do the Oscar campaign in US.

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