Watch In the Land of Blood and Honey
- 2 hr 7 min
In the land of blood and honey or Na Terra de Sangue e Mel stands as the directorial debut of Angelina Jolie. Jolie also wrote the script for the film which has since won 4 awards including Most Valuable Movie of the Year from the Cinema for Peace Awards (2012) and Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture from the Image Awards (2012). This movie depicts the love story between Danijel (Goran Kostic) a Bosnian Serb soldier, and Ajla (Zana Marjanovic) a former love imprisoned in his father's camp because she is a Bosnian Muslim. Between pressure from his ruthless father General Nebojsa, and ethnic polices against Muslims the former lovers are trapped in a life of risk. All of this set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war in the ruins of Sarajevo. Released two days before Christmas in 2011, this film was a limited theatrical release. It saw its inception during Jolie's time as a U.N. Goodwill ambassador traveling Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is stated as saying she wanted to explore the time period. As part of that endeavor the cast was made entirely of local actors, and the attempt was made to incorporate their experiences into the script. As a result the film is rated R for violence and atrocities such as rape. It also includes explicit nudity, language, and sexuality. Coming in at just over two hours 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' is estimated to have cost over $10,000,000 in production. The reception of the film has been mixed considering the subject matter and the people involved. It has received positive feedback from many groups due to its encompassing of view of the situation; on the other hand it has been panned by some groups as being anti-Serbian. Either way most critics and reviewers have applauded Jolie's first directing attempt. Which is why Jolie received a nomination for the 2012 Golden Globe's Best Director category.