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Producers Guild Gives Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey the Stanley Kramer Award

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by Anne Thompson
December 13, 2011 9:12 PM
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COURTESY OF GETTY Angelina Jolie

The problem with all the high-minded praise of Angelina Jolie's feature directing debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (December 23) is that audiences are going to avoid it as a dose of medicine. Truth is, the Producers Guild of America is right to award the movie with its 2012 Stanley Kramer Award on January 21. After all, the award was created to "honor a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion."

While most folks will assume this movie's prizes are about wanting its well-intentioned global movie star director to show up, Jolie and producer Graham King deserve respect for making this taut, intimate, moving Bosnian War drama on location in Budapest and Esztergom in 41 days, with no rehearsals. It's damned good.

At the FilmDistrict premiere Thursday, the statuesque actress, wearing a simple black evening sheath, introduced the benefit for the Genocide Museum. "It's intended to be a hard movie to watch," she said, reminding that the film's stars Rade Serbedzija and Zana Marjanovic, as well as the rest of the cast, had "lived through this war, were effected by war... The intention was to ask, 'when is somebody going to stop this?' Intervention came late. I hope this film creates a new dialogue to help the people of this region." 

Previous winners of the award include "The Great Debaters," "An Inconvenient Truth," "Hotel Rwanda," and "Antwone Fisher." “In the Land of Blood and Honey" is an extraordinary film that portrays a complex love story set against the terrors of the Bosnian War, especially towards women,” said Producers Guild Presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon. “This film truly embraces the legacy of Stanley Kramer.” The synopsis is below.
 


Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY tells the story of Danijel (Goran Kostić) and Ajla (Zana Marjanović), two people from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla, a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees, knew each other before the war, and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, their allegiances uncertain. IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY portrays the incredible emotional, moral and physical toll that the war exerts both on individuals and people as a whole and the terrible consequences that stem from the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict.
 
 

10 Comments

  • Anne Thompson | December 14, 2011 3:56 AMReply

    I admire the movie. As I say in the story, many audiences are going to be impervious to its virtues because they are allergic to this kind of film, and make assumptions going in about the woman who created it.

  • Mary | December 14, 2011 7:54 AM

    They make assumption based on lies that people like you help to perpetuate. If you admire the movie, say so and leave all the suppositions out. How do you know the public will be impervious to its virtues.
    The internet gives a distorted view of Jolie. Most people in real life who have no interest in tabloids have so much respect for the woman, but if you read tabloids every day, talk to other reporters whose points of references are the tabloid and have no discerning mind, then you will believe the garbage written by the tabloids hacks. It is not accidental that Jolie has the respect of very successful and high achieving women and the ire and snark of women who peddle lies for a living.

  • Guest | December 14, 2011 12:21 AMReply

    Fellow commenters (minus the idiot "getlost"-- HAHAHAHA, no proof?, good one! LOSER. You must be from FF, only they would side with mass murderers/rapists just to take a dig at Jolie) - I think you are missing the point. Anne is saying that the public may THINK the film is being awarded as a star-magnet, but she goes on to praise the film and says it is indeed very well made and deserving of this award. Hopefully it gets more recognition to come.

  • getlost | December 13, 2011 11:55 PMReply

    This is a propaganda film sponsored for by the Council on Foreign Relations that focuses on the Serbs as the bad guys as usual . The fact is there is no proof for the allegations of rape as instrument of war and mass rape in the balkan wars . This is all mass hysteria and pr firm garbage . Jolie is part of that garbage . Look , a women who likes knives while having sex is going to lecture the world about the Balkan wars and what she thinks happened there . Get lost please , Jolie .

  • I need an antacid | December 14, 2011 1:50 AM

    You are severely misinformed. The Council For Foreign Relations DID NOT "sponsor" ITLOBAH. The film was paid for by GK Films and Jolie (and Pitt). The CFR "sponsored" the New York City premiere of the movie on Dec 5, but that is the extent of their involvement in the film. Jolie herself is a member of the CFR so their sponsorship makes total sense. Your kind of deliberate obfuscation of the facts is the only "propaganda" on display. Jolie's made a great film about a subject that is as pertinent today as it was 15 years ago in the Balkans. If you seriously think that the systematic raping of women, and in some parts of the world children as well, isn't a legitimate concern, then you need to scroll away from TMZ and check out a few international news sites and learn about the horrors that go on in other parts of the world - and right under your own damned nose that you're too blinded by your own self-involvement and willful stupidity to recognize.

  • Guest | December 14, 2011 12:22 AM

    HAHAHAHA, no proof?, good one! LOSER. You must be from FF, only those lunatics would side with mass murderers/rapists just to take a dig at Jolie.

  • Jules | December 13, 2011 11:38 PMReply

    WOW ... just wow!! Try to tear yhourself away from Jersey Shore and Hangover XIV. Way to support you fellow females.

  • Mary | December 13, 2011 10:59 PMReply

    There is nothing wrong with high minded praise if it is deserving. People that covered the war and foreign policy heavy weights have heaped praise on Jolie for her courage in telling an authentic movie about the war. Richard Holbrookes widow commented on how much her husband would have enjoyed this movie.

    Most people read the tabloid lies printed about Jolie every day and assume that is who she is and that is why they can't wrap their heads around the fact that she wrote, produced and directed a very intelligent film on her first outing. Maybe it is time columnist like you stopped the tabloid narrative and profile the real woman behind all the hateful headlines. Hers is a very important voice that need to be encouraged. I shall be supporting it the first weekend it hits my city.

  • Kate L. | December 13, 2011 9:57 PMReply

    Angelina Jolie
    By Clint Eastwood

    http://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/angelina-jolie

    I just read the interview that the Client did with Angelina Jolie, do not know if already post here . But nice he supported her and other directors who were watching the movie in LA and NY. And really hope that people have respect and seek the truth. Because it seems this movie was done very well.

  • July | December 13, 2011 9:52 PMReply

    Cool your attitude, I think to help promote the film I hope more people like you help to disseminate news and facts because I think the support of many people like critics, journalists, teachers, humanitarian... will help more people get interested and have access to real news, not this garbage spewed out by a certain " sites".

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