In the Land of Blood and Honey is Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut. The story follows an unfortunate love set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War.
Angie won’t be in the film, but she has employed local actors for greater authenticity, so it should look relatively realistic. The story, while mostly kept under wraps, is about a Bosnian-Muslim woman who falls in love with a Bosnian War Criminal.
Just like how my parents met!
In the Land of Blood and Honey
I should clarify. My parents are from South Dakota, and neither is a war criminal. As far as I know.
Anyways, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the film, as many people protested the Muslim woman falling in love with a man who represents a group of people who very harshly treated Muslims. So it’s a sort of star-crossed lovers thing. But with tanks.
In the Land of Blood and Honey Trailer
In the Land of Blood and Honey Release Date
December 23, 2011.
Who’s In It?
Zana Marjanovic … Ajla
Goran Kostic … Danijel
Dolya Gavanski … Maida
Irena Mulamuhic … Bosnian Woman
Levente Törköly … Serbian Officer No. 2.
Dado Jehan … Band Leader
What’s Good About It?
The trailer for In the Land of Blood and Honey looks really good, and I like a combination of love, war, and criminals.
What’s Bad About It?
There might be more controversy than quality. I worry that too much of the feedback for the film is righteous indignation, and if it wasn’t a hot button story, it might be a rather bland story.
Our Clever Prediction
I actually think Angelina Jolie has done a great job (based on the trailer) of proving herself as a director with In the Land of Blood and Honey. The story looks gripping, with enough room for the actors to do a great job. I see a couple Oscar nominations in it’s future.