Angelina Jolie to Receive PGA Honor for 'In the Land of Blood and Honey'
Angelina Jolie has been praised for her global humanitarian work, and now her directorial debut, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' is being honored for its "provocative social issues" by the Producers Guild of America. Jolie will be presented with the guild's 2012 Stanley Kramer Award at their awards ceremony on Jan. 21. "'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," Producers Guild presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon said in a statement. "This film truly embraces the legacy of Stanley Kramer."
Kramer, who died in 2001, was a highly respected director and producer known for his socially conscious films including 'Judgment at Nuremberg,' 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,' and 'The Defiant Ones.' The award named after him is bestowed on films, producers or another individual "whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion." Previous recipients include 'Hotel Rwanda' and 'In America.'
'In the Land of Blood and Honey' opens in limited release on Dec. 23. The film's PR says it "portrays the incredible emotional, moral and physical toll that the war takes on individuals as well as the consequences that stem from the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict."