Angelina Jolie Makes Directorial Debut With Serbian-Bosnian Love Story

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 10th, 2013 at 3:38 am,

Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie will soon make her feature film directorial debut, but will Jolie’s on-camera skills translate into success as a director?

GK Films recently announced that Jolie will direct what is described as a “love story set during the Bosnian war.” The film is based on an original screenplay by Jolie and will focus on “a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet on the eve of the war and the effect the war has on their relationship.” To make sure her first film is authentic as can be, Jolie is only casting actors of the various ethnicities from the region of the former Yugoslavia.

In addition to writing and directing the film, Jolie will also serve as producer alongside Graham King and Tim Headington. The three have already worked together on the Jolie-Johnny Depp film The Tourist.

Jolie has worked with plenty of fantastic directors over the course of her career (Clint Eastwood comes to mind the quickest) and she has more than proven herself as an actress. Additionally, her extensive humanitarian work has given her insights into the kind of war-torn societies that she will be depicting on screen and hopefully that can translate into a feature film having more impact.

Still, stepping into the director’s chair for the first time is a big challenge for anyone, and the fact that Jolie is constantly in the public eye will make her first effort even more difficult. Just imagine the tabloid headlines if her first movie as a writer-director is a flop: “Angelina Falls Apart on Set as Brad and Jen Exchange E-mails.”

Despite her crazy past (let’s not forget it was only 10 years ago that she was wearing a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck), Jolie has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most reliable actresses. There aren’t many triple threats (actor, writer, director) in the film world, so I’m hopeful she finds success with this project.

Source: GK Films

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  1. oh joy…

  2. Get away from me with that film!!!!

  3. She’s chosen an extremely sensitive subject matter for her first film there, but after movies like A Mighty Heart and Beyond Borders I’m confident she’ll work incredibly hard to do it justice. Also, I’m convinced you’d be hard pressed to find a woman in Hollywood’s Dream Industry who’s had as much experience with the real horrors of war.

    I for one wish her luck and am looking forward to see what she can do in the director’s chair.

  4. A Serb/Bosnian relationship during the war… that sounds suspiciously like Oscar-bait.
    Could be I’m too cynical, but it would seem less calculated if she did a relationship drama with a more lighthearted background. Less ethnic cleansing and so on.
    Anyways, she’s probably earnest about it, and it could actually be ok.

    But, another thing; Is that picture recent? I’ve seen cancer patients looking healthier than that. Has she stopped eating at all? She’s supposed to be 35(?), yet she looks at least a decade older.

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