'In the Land of Blood and Honey' Trailer: Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut

In the Land of Blood and Honey trailer Angelina Jolie
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Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey has a trailer as FilmDistrict has already set up a December 23 release date. It was a film that was, quite frankly, easy to forget considering we haven't seen any stills and this is the first piece of marketing that's arrived and even it comes via YouTube rather than a release through the normal channels.

Not only directed by, but written by Angelina Jolie, In the Land of Blood and Honey is set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War in the '90s and illustrates the consequences of the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict. The story would appear to center on the love story between a Muslim woman and a Serbian man. Zana Marjanovic (Paycheck), Rade Serbedzija (X-Men: First Class) and Goran Kostic (Taken) star. Brad Pitt may or may not have a cameo appearance.

Check out the trailer below and you tell me what kind of film we're looking at. Fascinating debut? Oscar contender? Passing interest? What?

  • http://joker93.livejournal.com Nick

    Looks like it could be a strong drama, but I think it's in danger of possibly getting way too melodramatic. Anyway I remain very curious about what is Angelina Jolie the director like. And the cinematography looks great.

  • Rob Bowman

    Wow. It looks like a remarkably accomplished, mature film. It looks fantastic. But what's more, it doesn't look anything like a film made by a product of Hollywood and Jolie, for good or ill, is definitely that. Color me impressed thus far.

  • MajorFilmFan

    All I can say is "WOW!!!!" When I first read that Jolie was directing, I can't say that I was keen on the idea, but THIS looks.... REMARKABLE. Beautiful, haunting, disturbing, haunting, and gritty. Also, I give her credit for tacking a.. shall I say,UNUSUAL and CONTROVERSIAL topic

  • Paulo

    Looks amazing. One of the best tralers of the year.

  • http://pixel-drama.com Leandro Dubost

    Very interesting, actually!

    Who knows how the final product will be, but it doesn't look at all as a movie 'from writer/director Angelina Jolie'. She's a big Hollywood star and this movie looks like something out of Cannes...
    From this trailer, at least.

  • Winchester

    The video has now been removed it seems.

  • SDca

    I cannot wait for this movie. The trailer is powerful, emotional, haunting. I guess I'll be at the movie theaters when it opens with a box of Kleenex coming along.

  • Jamie

    Who would have guessed that Jolie would give us a much better looking trailer than J. Edgar or Extremely Loud.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Viral-Vora/501338690 Viral Vora

    i wouldn't call it unusual - i mean whistle-blower tackled the same crisis and it was gut-wrenching to say the least. i couldn't eat the entire day after watching that movie... this looks like it has potential but in an attempt to maintain originality i am afraid it has too much of a foreign language feel with the thick accents. i am not that impressed... i generally am not with jolie - i find her to be contrived and am afraid this might have all the shine and sparkle of being a sensitive film while just being exploitative.. but thats just me and i am willing to be surprised.

  • Leo

    The latter part is quite cheesy. I was hoping they speak in Bosnian or whatever.

  • Ian

    I agree with most everyone above; this looks like it could be pretty impressive.

  • Winchester

    Weird, the video is now back up....................trailer got me interested. That's about all I can say just now on it.

  • villedeville

    Judging from the trailer alone, it is the best that Angelina Jolie has ever did in her career. Even if the movie turned out to be not as impressive as the trailer, it will still surely be at least good.

  • The Jackal

    My initital reaction is to be very skeptical; however, I remember feeling the same way after hearing that Ben Affleck was directing a movie (Gone Baby Gone). Boy did I do a 180 on that one. Gone Baby Gone ended up being one of my favorite movies of 2007. So, I'm willing to give Ms Jolie a chance. She is a great actress, perhaps it'll translate behind the camera as well.

    The trailer was good, not great, but that's not always a bad thing. I've seen quite a few trailers that blew me away initially, but then the final product ended up letting me down.

    This film is now on my radar, a definite must-see.

    Thems the facts

  • Ligaya

    Angelina Jolie has emphasized that this is a love story first and foremost – storytelling comes first.

    The dialogue was shot in Bosnian/Serb/Croat and English (for Americans who are notoriously allergic to subtitles) to make the film accessible to the widest audiences.

    The thick accents might have to do with the origins of the actors from that region who are children of that genocidal war. I’d say that speaks to authenticity – not lack of originality. Color me impressed with Jolie casting famous area actors and using local crews - instead of parachuting Americans imported from the U.S. – in the process boosting the local economy and film industry. She was honored at the Sarajevo Film Festival this July.

    I give due credit to Jolie for knowing the issues, she is no dilettante: in her capacity as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador she visited Kosovo in 2001 as well as making several trips to meet with refugees from that area in the past 10 years. Her field missions always included briefings and research.

  • http://www.thesoulshattering.net James J. Braddock


    Did Angelina Jolie use (steal) this book (The Soul Shattering in English) written by the Bosnian-Croatian author James J. Braddock a.k.a Josip J. Knežević, as the story platform for her movie In The Land of Blood and Honey?

    Did she totally miss the truth and core of that genocidal war against Bosnia and her people?

    Why was she banned from filming in Bosnia by the most influental organization of women - victims of the war?

    Did she rewrite history and offended thousands of women and other innocent victims of the Serbian aggression on Bosnia & Herzegovina?

    Should American women and human rights organizations get involved?


    Of course it was overlooked as a contender because many ALWAYS assume that this person can't possibly turn out a great directorial movie. She's a fucking Oscar winner (And deserved it) and she has done some fun roles and well received critic films.. I love reading the sites I really do, but come on can we at least say "wait til we see it" to judge it.

  • lannie

    Oscar award judges by all means should consider Angelina's ist directional movie"In The Land of Blood and Honey" a contender as one of the best movies produced and directed by a very brilliant actress herself. I won't be surprised to see Angelina Jolie to be like Clint Eastwood in the future. Congratulations Angie....you make sensible movies compare to others!