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

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 30, 2011 at 5:07AM

Vanity Fair confirms: No wedding, no baby, no adoption. Now we can all focus on Angelina Jolie the director.
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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]

This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Festivals, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Celebs, Media, Winter, Toronto, Drama, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.