In the Land of Blood and Honey | U zemlji krvi i meda – dir. Angelina Jolie, 2011

date: 31/07/2012 time: 20:30 place: Allianz Cinema film program: world under canvas film program: the audience poll artistic program: films

USA | 2011 | 127 min
reż|dir Angelina Jolie prod|pro Angelina Jolie, Tim Headington, Graham King, Tim Moore scen|wr Angelina Jolie zdj|ph Dean Semler muz|mus Gabriel Yared mon|ed Patricia Rommel ob|cast Rade Serbedzija, Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Nikola Djuricko dys|dis Monolith Films


A melodrama on Bosnian massacre. Robberies, ethnic cleansings and rapes on civilians are everyday life during a bloody conflict that breaks out in the Balkans at the beginning of the 90’s of the last century. Danijel and Ajla meet just before the war. They live in Srebrnica where all nations coexisted in peace until the fall of Yugoslavia.  Their first dance is disrupted by an exploding bomb… Love and hate interweaving, a war in the background and everything filtered through feminine sensitivity of the director.

For her directing debut, Jolie cooperated exclusively with Bosnian actors but the activity scheme and overlapping plots are thoroughly Hollywood-like. Jolie may be accused of resorting to schematic presentation and black-white perception of the world however the film is a splendid piece of work with outstanding actors’ performances.

Angelina Jolie (1975)
An American actress. Her debut took place in 1982 when she played by her father’s side in “Lookin’ to get out”. A decade later she made a successful appearance in “Hackers” (1995). In 2000 she received an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in “Girl, Interrupted” (1999). Big budget series based on computer games “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” brought her international fame. Apart from acting, Jolie also engages herself in humanitarian activity by, for instance, helping refugees within the UN. The film “In the Land of Blood and Honey” is her debut as a director.