'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' Angelina Jolie's debut as a director and screenwriter, has been picked up by FilmDistrict for U.S. distribution. The Bosnian War drama will hit U.S. shores on Dec. 23, just in time for Oscar consideration.
GK Films financed the film and made the announcement on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival. The film has been described as a love story between a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet on the eve of the Bosnian War
Jolie filmed 'Land' in Hungary and Bosnia, where the pic encountered initial resistance after the Women Victims of War Association accused the project of providing a "misleading history" of the Bosnian War. The press in Sarajevo reportedly painted the film as the story of a Serbian rapist and his Muslim victim, and permission to film in the country was briefly revoked until Jolie's script could be double-checked by a Bosnian government minister. She was re-granted her filming permits and moved the production from Budapest to Sarajevo in late October.
Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic and Rade Serbedzija lead a completely local cast, who filmed in both Serbo-Croatian and English.
Of 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' Jolie has said, "The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it's also universal. I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living inside a war."
[The Hollywood Reporter]