First Trailer for Angelina Jolie’s In the Land of Blood and Honey

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Usually when actors decide that what they really want to do is direct, they go small, then move their way up the budget scale. A little indie drama here, a TV show episode there, nothing too crazy. Learn on the job, as it were. Not Angelina Jolie. Oh no. Mrs. Brad Pitt decided to go big or go home, and thus you get “In the Land of Blood and Honey”, a drama about the forbidden love between a Muslim woman and a Serbian man set during the bloody Bosnian war. Yeah, not exactly the most forgiving of topics, or setting, so here’s to Jolie for going big. Take a look at the first trailer for the film below and judge for yourself if she’s up to the task.

Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, In the Land of Blood and Honey tells the story of Danijel (Goran Kostić) and Ajla (Zana Marjanović), two people from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla, a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees, knew each other before the war, and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, their allegiances uncertain. In the Land of Blood and Honey portrays the incredible emotional, moral and physical toll that the war exerts both on individuals and people as a whole, and the terrible consequences that stem from the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict.

The film stars Zana Marjanović, Goran Kostić, Rade Šerbedžija, Vanesa Glodjo, Nikola Djurićko, and has a December 23rd release date.