Angelina Jolie hasn’t shirked from a challenging subject in her debut as a director.
In the Land of Blood and Honey is both written and directed by Jolie, is set in the Bosnian war, and features a Bosnian rape victim falling in love with her Serbian attacker, a prison commander. And just for good measure, the film is shot in English and Serbo-Croat.
Predictably, the film has already seen its share of controversy. The Bosnian government briefly withheld Jolie’s right to film in the country (the actress claimed she had been the target of “unfair pressure based on wrong information” before being allowed to film again).
Bosnia’s Association of Women Victims of War organisation wrote to the United Nations to demand Jolie be stripped of her UN goodwill ambassador status.
Anyway, as a difficult subject with a famous name attached, it should be interesting to see how this fares at its U.S. release on December 23rd. The weight of Jolie’s name may just get it some of the spotlight. Here’s the full trailer: