‘In the Land of Blood & Honey’ Trailer: Angelina Jolie’s War Melodrama

Published 3 years ago by , Updated November 15th, 2011 at 3:26 pm,

in land bloody honey In the Land of Blood & Honey Trailer: Angelina Jolies War Melodrama

Whenever actors/actresses decide to get behind the camera, it can often go very right… or very wrong. For all the Clint Eastwood-style success stories out there, there are still plenty whose directorial debuts fade into obscurity almost immediately upon release (ex. David Duchovny and his largely-derided House of D).

Angelina Jolie is going the route that most screen stars-turned-filmmakers do: producing a serious drama with awards potential, in the form of this winter’s In the Land of Blood and Honey. Does the popular starlet look to have a winner on her hands, based on the official U.S. trailer?

It’s certainly possible, seeing how In the Land of Blood and Honey wisely examines a much larger-scale event (the 1990s Bosnian civil war) through the lens of a relationship between civilians from opposite sides of the conflict. Jolie’s film looks to mix a more complex variation on the standard Romeo and Juliet-style “forbidden romance” with more of a gritty war drama – which could work out nicely, if executed correctly.

Here is the official synopsis for Jolie’s film (which she both wrote and directed):

“In the Land of Blood and Honey” is a melancholy drama set during Bosnia’s 1992-95 civil war and follows a Christian Serb (Goran Kostic) and a Bosniak woman (Zana Marjanovic) whose lives are torn apart when violence flares between ethnic and religious groups.

Now check out the official In the Land of Blood and Honey trailer below:

Outside of Rade Šerbedžija (who was recently cast as the villain in Taken 2), you almost certainly didn’t recognize any faces in the preview above. That’s because Jolie reportedly cast (by and large) Bosnian locals, including many people who were actually children that survived during the country’s civil war in the ’90s. Likewise, she reportedly shot In the Land of Blood and Honey simultaneously in English and the cast’s native language – so that (presumably) U.S. moviegoers will end up watching a cut that does not require them to read subtitles (or the film’s cast to be dubbed).

That’s an interesting approach which will (hopefully) allow In the Land of Blood and Honey to feel all the more like an authentic and genuinely-touching semi-docudrama about Bosnia’s troubled history. Stylistically, the films looks more than competent, with Jolie’s Oscar-winning director of photography Dean Semler (Dances with Wolves, Apocalypto) going with now customary hand-held camerawork during the violent war scenes – and using a steadier hand to shoot the more intimate moments between Kostic and Marjanovic’s natural enemies-turned-lovers.

Overall consensus? In the Land of Blood and Honey looks like a film worth checking out – even though Jolie won’t actually be making an onscreen appearance.


In the Land of Blood and Honey will be released in U.S. theaters on December 23rd, 2011.

Source: FilmDistrict

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  1. looks really good

    • Angelina Jolie In The Land Of Blood And Honey Official Trailer HD Youtube


  2. http://thesoulshattering.net

    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?

    • Either lawyer up and sue or shut the hell up Braddock. Stop trolling accusations that have no legal merit.

    • She wasn’t banned. They were going to ban her, but then the cultural minister there read the script and okayed it.

  3. It’s a case of lovers BEFORE and on the EVE of the war, separated by it and forced to become enemies. It’s about the effects of love and war on individuals, groups and humanity.

    This is a must see on my list. The actors may be unkown to U.S. audiences, but they are artists and masters of their craft in their countries: Zana Marjanović (”Snow”), Rade Šerbedžija (”Snatch”) and Goran Kostic (”Taken”).

  4. Rade Serbedzija is a Serbian actor, not croatian. Actors from Croatia and Serbia are also in the film, not just Bosnia.

    Check your facts next time ScreenRant

    • Thomas your information is factual and correct. Serbedzija used to live in Zagreb Croatia and is in fact a Serb by nationality.

    • My apologies for the mistake concerning Serbedzija – I was under the (incorrect) impression he was born in Croatia.

      As for the casting: I was merely reiterating information from an official press release for the film. I’ve updated my comments accordingly.

      If there is a “next time,” perhaps we can do without the snooty “check your facts” comment-?

  5. Tipically another Anti-Serbian movie. This does not surprise me at all coming from JOLIE she works for the UN and has not portrayed a truthful view of the war in former Yugoslavia. Us Serbs are used to this kind of Western demonisation of Serbs. Not one screen shot of the Mudjahadeen movement is seen in this movie like they were never there. Maybe one day Hollywood might just shed a fairer perspective behind our lifetime of wars within the Balkan region.

  6. I would love to see the movie and cannot wait … I beleive that Angelina is a great actor and she will do the justice. I am one of those survivors and would love to tell her my story to make it into the movie. I was there during the war and came here by getting married to American soldier from the base camp where I worked for Brown & Root Company (they were contracted by US government to provide place and whatever soldiers needed in Bosnia) ,in Bosnia and Herzegovina.