Angelina Jolie fans get a taste of ‘Blood and Honey’ [Video]
Angelina Jolie’s new trailer for "In the Land of Blood and Honey" hit the Web on Friday, and fans can finally see what all the hubbub is about.
At first the clip reveals two lovers, a Serbian man and Bosnian-Muslim woman, before a darker storyline emerges. It appears the couple was forced apart during the Bosnian war in 1992 and he’s taken her captive. "Am I a prisoner?" she asks. "You are not a prisoner if you want to be here," is his chilling reply.
Bosnian actors Zana Marjanovic and Goran Kostic star in the movie that was filmed in English and Serbo-Croat languages.
The drama marks Jolie's debut as writer and director, but getting the film made hasn’t been easy. In late 2010, "Blood and Honey" caused an uproar with female war victims in Bosnia over rumors that the film portrayed a love story between a rapist and his victim.
Jolie's filming permit was pulled by Sarajevo city officials over the controversy, but later reinstated after they reviewed the script. In the end, Jolie sent a second-unit director to film only three or four days in Bosnia instead of eight or 10, and opted to shoot more of the film in Hungary instead.
"There are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters and that will be revealed once the film is released," Jolie told Reuters at the time.
"In the Land of Blood and Honey' opens Dec. 23, just in time for awards season.
-- Emily Christianson
Photo: Angelina Jolie at the "Money Ball" premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9. Credit: Associated Press.