Angelina Jolie attended the premiere of the movie, ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’ where she warned viewers that her directorial debut would make uncomfortable viewing at times.
The setting has revolved during the Bosnian war, where it tells the story of a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman held captive in a camp that he oversees.
Jolie cautioned that the film, could be hard to watch for some viewers. “But it’s brutal, it shows brutality and we hope it gives people an authentic feel to be inside of something that is uncomfortable,” Jolie said.
The movie caused protests from the Bosnian Women Victims of War association and forced Jolie’s filming permit to be revoked. During shooting, inaccuracies about the plot of the movie had caused protests.
It was falsely reported that the film was about a Bosnian woman falling in love with her Serbian rapist. It wasn’t until the actress presented her script to Bosnia’s culture ministry that her permit was reinstated, and filming concluded.
The cast of the film is made up of local actors, something Jolie did intentionally to ensure she told an accurate story. She said working with the local actors was a true learning experience.
The film is scheduled for release in the United States on Dec 23, with a UK release date still to be confirmed.