Angelina Jolie, who has won the Academy Award along with two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globes and once named the Hollywood’s highest-paid actress by Forbes, recently started his writing and directorial debut in “In the Land
of Blood and Honey”.
Several reporters have recently approached her and asked in detail about her new directorial picture and what new things she has learned making a somewhat divisive project.
She replied explaining that, “My idea was that these people meet before the war, and we see the possibilities of their relationship, if the war didn’t break out, they might have been married today with kids — who know? There were a lot of couples of mixed
backgrounds, of different cultures and religions, before the conflict.”
She added, “And so, for them, they didn’t want to go into this darkness, they didn’t want to be a part of this war, they didn’t want to be captor and captive … but they’re forced into that, and then there’s an element of survival, and then there are the
questions: Are they going to somehow save each other? Or help each other? Or go against each other? That was one of the reasons I wanted to make this film. This film could have been about any war … but I particularly chose this conflict because it was one
that was so recent, and so horrible, and is just not really understood.”
On her directorial debut, Jolie said,
“I didn’t make this film because I wanted to be a director. I never wanted to be a director. I never wanted to be a writer. I always wished I could write — I love writers — but when I sat down to do it, it was an experiment. Having seen a lot and thought
a lot about intervention, and lack of intervention, and violence against women, and what war does to people — people in refugee camps, or in post-conflict situations — well, I wanted to do something, so that was the impetus to write. And then when I wrote
it, I thought I would show it to people from the different sides of this conflict, and if they were OK with it, maybe we were heading in a good direction.”
“In the Land of Blood and Honey is a film portraying a love story set against the background of the Bosnian war. Jolie shot this entire film in Bosnia’s capital Sarajevo. This film is based on a true story of soldier fighting for the Bosnian Serbs, meets
a Bosniak woman he was involved with prior to the war, and who is now a captive in the camp he oversees.
Critics believe that Jolie’s first movie as director and writer carries huge weight for winning the upcoming Golden Globe Award in the foreign-language category.