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Cannes 2011: Angelina Jolie's directorial debut coming to U.S. theaters in December

Jolie Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, called "In the Land of Blood and Honey" and set against the backdrop of the war in Bosnia in the 1990s, will reach U.S. theaters in late December under a distribution deal announced Sunday in Cannes.

FilmDistrict, a subsidiary of Graham King's GK Films, said it will release the English-language version of the film Dec. 23 in the United States. Terms of the deal were not revealed.

Photos: Cannes Film Festival 2011

[Updated at 10:23 a.m.: The buy marks the second at Cannes for FilmDistrict, which has been part of the resurgence in the film-acquisitions market. The company is run by Peter Schlessel, the former Sony executive who helped spearhead the acquisition of "District 9," and Bob Berney, the longtime distribution guru who is in no small part responsible for the success of films such "The Passion of the Christ" and "Pan's Labyrinth."]

The movie, which was filmed largely in Hungary, was the subject of some controversy last year amid reports that the plot included a romance between a Serb rapist and his Bosnian Muslim victim -- a plot point that Jolie and her representatives denied. Representatives of the Association of Women Victims of War in Sarajevo protested to government officials in Bosnia, and permits to film in the city and another small town were temporarily thrown into doubt. But filming later went forward.

“The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it’s also universal,” Jolie, who also penned the script, said in a statement announcing the distribution deal.  “I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living inside a war."

FilmDistrict characterized the movie, which was filmed simultaneously in English and the Serbo-Croatian language, as "bold" and said it "illustrates the consequences of the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict."

The all-local cast stars Zana Marjanovic,  Goran Kostic and Rade Serbedzija.

FilmDistrict, which has had success at the box office this year with several small-budget films including "Insidious" and "Soul Surfer," inked a U.S. distribution deal in Cannes for "Looper." The quirky time-travel film involving hit men stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.

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-- Steven Zeitchik in Cannes, France, and Julie Makinen

Photo: Angelina Jolie. Credit: Getty Images


Golden Globes: Brad and Angie cause a commotion

Brad and Angelina at the globes
Brad Pitt said the least as he walked up to the 68th Golden Globe Awards but caused perhaps the biggest stir on the red carpet.

The actor wasn't nominated for anything, but he still posed for several photos in his capacity as Angelina Jolie's plus one. Nominee Jolie conducted some interviews, though most of the press didn't get that much.

But the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which craves A-list celebs on the red carpet, no doubt got exactly what it wanted.

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on the red carpet.  Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

 



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