Delivering her first directorial performance, Angelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey" is out on limited release today (December 23).
Starring Zana Marjanovic and Goran Kostic, the film reveals a love affair between a Serbian male and a Bosnian female during the 1992 Bosnian War.
During a recent promotional stop, Angelina dished about the project, telling press, "You know, it was one of those funny things. I didn't intend to write anything and I never wanted to direct anything. I didn't even have Final Draft. I was just kind of messing around one day on my computer for fun. I had a lot of thoughts about intervention and justice issues and humanity, and I'd spent a lot of time with people after conflict. So it was kind of a meditation for me: What if it was me and I loved somebody from what became the other side? What would it take for me to go against my neighbor? Would I?"
Jolie continued, “I’ve tried to find a voice, through this film... to discuss these bigger themes of war and intervention and this film is not about a couple. It’s not about one woman. It’s not simply about these things... It’s about how human beings are changed and how they break down when they’re surrounded by such horror and such ugliness and such hate. And even very decent people are broken, and so I did this so we would have these questions and talk about the wars going on today.”