No one should be surprised that when Angelina Jolie took the time out of her busy schedule to direct her first feature it wasn’t going to be something frivolous. The film would have to speak to her passions and her world view. Enter “In The Land of Honey,” an original drama set during the height of the Bosnian War in the 1990’s where a Serb (Goran Kostic) and a Bosnian (Zara Marjanovic) try to co-exist in a detainment camp after having a previous romantic relationship before the conflict. In a new trailer released today, it appears the trust between the couple begins to waver as the war goes on.
Worth nothing, Jolie also wrote the screenplay for the picture which won’t hide the brutality of the conflict. The drama has been rated R “for war violence and atrocities including rape, sexuality, nudity and language” so don’t expect Jolie to stray from the horrors of violence. A UNCHR Goodwill Ambassador for over a decade, Jolie is using her real-life encounters and experiences with refugees across the globe to inform her work. This new preview might not suggest a major Oscar contender, but it certainly looks like Jolie has a voice that we’ll be hearing from behind the camera for some time.
You can check out the trailer embedded in this post.
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” debuts in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 23. It opens across the nation in January, 2012.
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