UPDATE: The other day saw the arrival of the trailer for Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey." The quality wasn't great, and it wasn't in English, and the studio had it taken down pretty quickly. But later last night we got an email letting us know that the new official, English version was now available. And they included a synopsis by someone who's actually seen the film:
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.
It looks to be about as bleak as a war-torn romance can get. Jolie does not appear in the film, which she shot on location, having opted instead for local talent. And she shot two versions, one in English and another in the Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian language known as BHS.
"In the Land of Blood and Honey" opens Dec. 23.