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Saturday, October 22, 2011

First Look: "In the Land of Blood and Honey"

Angelina Jolie is making her first feature film directorial debut with a sweeping war epic over the backdrop of a precious love story with In the Land of Blood and Honey. The movie follows the romance of Danijel and Ajla (Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic) as they fight to keep their love intact as the world around them continues to crumble as affected by the Bosnian war.

It's very interesting that the Oscar-winning actress didn't use a well-known cast for the movie (possibly due to budget). Jolie also cast real Bosnian leads (Marjanovic and Kostic are both Sarajevo-born). In any case, the film looks beautiful and touching. This is quite an accomplishment for the first time female director, whose first film is likely to be compared with director Kathryn Bigelow's award-winning war flick The Hurt Locker. However, Land looks a lot more delicate and seems to focus on the character's relationship, which may make it more enticing for female moviegoers.

Be on the lookout for awards buzz once this film hits theaters December 23.

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