With Brad Pitt in tow, Angelina Jolie took to the red carpet of her latest film, in New York earlier tonight. This one finds her in a different role – that of director. She says she’s “both nervous and excited” to have the world see her debut behind the lens. And behind the pen too. Angie wrote the script for this story about a Bosnian Muslim woman, played by Zana Marjanovic and a Bosnian Serbian man, played by Goran Kostic, who have a relationship before the Bosnian war. The film chronicles how it develops and changes during the height of the war in the mid-1990s.
Angelina says she wanted “to learn about this conflict, and make a film that dealt with these themes of tolerance, of violence against women.” The movie details some of the atrocities that occurred during the ethnic conflict. Zana echoed a sentiment that other actors I spoke to on the red carpet shared, about having the actress as a director and how that meant they could reach a mutual understanding of what was needed to act and re-create the scenes of brutality.
And they’re all aware that having Angelina’s name topping the credits brings a much-needed spotlight onto a part of history that should never be repeated.
In the Land of Blood and Honey releases on December 23 in the US and in SA early next year.