The Hollywood actress directed and co-wrote the film, which tells the story of a romance between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman during the 1990s war in the region, and she premiered the picture in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo on Tuesday (14Feb12).
Following the screening and subsequent reception, Jolie, who was accompanied by her partner Brad Pitt, threw a private dinner party for 30 people who worked on the project at the Zetra Sports Hall.
Guests were treated to traditional Bosnian dishes as thanks for their hard work, according to Usmagazine.com.
By now, it's no secret that Angelina Jolie has an emotional connection to her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. It wasn't long ago that the actress admitted Brad Pitt found her crying in the shower when the production on the film led her to a "complete meltdown." And it seems that she still hasn't recovered from the emotional toll of the film. At the Bosnian premiere on Tuesday, Jolie kept her composure until it came time to make her speech. She told the crowd, "It means so much to all of us, it means so much to me and I can't tell you how much it means to be here with all of you and to share this film, and that you're receiving it so warmly means the world to me." It was then that Jolie's voice wavered and she began visibly crying.
This premiere in Bosnia marks a level of acceptance that Jolie struggled with when she first started filming In the Land of Blood and Honey. The actress-turned-director met with road blocks in the form of denied filming permits after women's groups complained that the subject matter - a Serbian man and Bosnian woman finding love in the unlikliest of circumstances - was disrespectful to victims of Serbian soldiers' violence towards women during the Bosnian War. Screening the film in the country that greeted her with so much resistance initially, and witnessing their praise has to pique her emotions just a little. And considering how attached she is to her first directing gig, the waterworks are no surprise.
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The Hollywood actress wrote and directed In The Land Of Blood And Honey, about a romance between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman the 1990s war in the region, and the film has won acclaim from critics.
She premiered the movie in the eastern European country on Tuesday in an auditorium of 5,000 people, and she was greeted by applause and a standing ovation when she took to the stage after the screening.
Jolie, who was accompanied to the premiere by her partner Brad Pitt, was overcome with emotion and broke down in tears as she told the audience, "To see you receiving it so well means the world to me. I feel so deep for all of you in this country."
The Oscar winner also took the opportunity to address the ongoing unrest in Syria, insisting she hopes her film is seen as a "wake-up call" to the international community as more needs to be done to help the country's people.
She adds, "I feel very strongly about it (the film) and I believe that its core issue - which is the need for intervention and need for the world to pay attention to atrocities when they are happening - is very, very timely and especially with things that are happening in Syria today... (It) is very important that this film is out at this time... If this film points the finger at anybody it is the international community, so I hope it remains a wake-up call for them."
The actress stepped behind the camera for the harrowing movie, about a forbidden romance between a Bosnian woman and a Serbian soldier during the Bosnian War.
Jolie was the guest of honour at the Cinema For Peace Gala in Berlin, Germany and she was handed the special film accolade as partner Brad Pitt looked on.
The movie will premiere in Sarajevo, Bosnia on Tuesday (14Feb12), and Jolie admits she's feeling apprehensive about the showing.
She told reporters, "I'm nervous and I'm excited. I'll probably cry through the entire thing. I'll be very, very moved because, of course, a lot of the people coming are the victims of war so it's going to be heavy."
During an interview I conducted with Steven Soderbergh for his movie Haywire, the legendary director told me how over the moon he was for co-star Channing Tatum. "He's going to have a big year," was really the only way Soderbergh could put it.
That makes sense: in 2012, Tatum will star in six movies, all ranging in genre, all with the potential to be blockbuster hits. With that kind of momentum (and with an endorsement from one of the more prominent cinematic auteurs working today), you'd think Tatum would be Mr. In-Demand, yet he still feels like an under-appreciated player in the young actor landscape. Well, I'm here to end any wavering opinions. Channing Tatum is the real deal, someone whose projects we should all be anxiously awaiting (whether they're ridiculous comedies, award-worthy dramas or action movies based on a toy line) and, perhaps, the most likely out of his contemporaries to evolve and do truly great work. All we need to do is show him some love.
If you don't believe me, here's my proof:
Channing Tatum Is a Proven Action Star
G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra was Tatum's first mega-budgeted action flick, and although some found the tone too cartoony for its own good (it's based on a series of action figures! @#*&!*&%!!), the movie established Tatum as a capable lead with a good sense of humor. But overlooked are his smaller, action-oriented roles, including the Iraq war drama Stop-Loss, the boxing film Fighting and his latest Haywire, which sees the actor coupling slick dialogue with raw fisticuffs. Naturally, Tatum is built like an action star—which creates misconceptions about the talented actor. He's not a Stallone/Schwarzenegger beefcake, but a capable performer who can convey emotion and carry story while punching guys in the face. That's what we need in the lead of a big screen roller coaster.
Channing Tatum Has a Funny Bone
When I caught an advanced screening of 21 Jump Street a few weeks ago, my only knowledge of Tatum's comedic prowess was a bit role in Ron Howard's The Dilemma (although, Tatum was arguably the best part as Zip, the dense object of Kevin James' wife's affection). But with 21 Jump Street, Tatum proves he can hold his own against Jonah Hill, one the fastest wordslinger's in big screen comedy. His jokes fly, but not just because he's playing against type (think Mark Wahlberg in The Other Guys)—Tatum knows how to land a gag, whether he's palling around with physics nerds or bumbling over a reading of the Miranda Rights. He and Hill have rhythm, and while most actors would like to slip seamlessly into the tentpole comedy world, it's no easy feat. And did you see him on Saturday Night Live??
Channing Tatum Is a Sensitive, Romantic Lead
I may not be the target audience for this weekend's The Vow, but if there's anyone I'd be comfortable forking money over to watch cuddle, hug, smooch and get all Nicholas Sparksy over some lady (even in a non-Nicholas Sparks movie), it's Tatum. He's like a giant teddy bear–and that's a compliment. Rarely do you see someone in a romantic drama take the material seriously, bring a level of genuine tenderness to over-the-top situations, like memory loss or romance-via-letter-writing (Dear John). Tatum didn't start as an actor—his career began in dancing…the exotic kind—and the lack of schooling gives him an upper-hand with serious material. Of course, casting a handsome lead in a romance might sound logical and easy, but…
Channing Tatum Is Willing to Try Anything
Diversifying in Hollywood is an uphill battle. Lots of actors and actresses find a niche (what was the last Jason Statham movie that didn't feature a car chase?), but even big players like Brad Pitt and George Clooney get into a groove and ride it to success. So props to Channing Tatum for constantly stretching, taking the initiative to partner with Soderbergh a second time for his autobiographical male stripper dramedy Magic Mike (hitting theaters later this year), the bizarre true story drama Foxcatcher, which pairs him with Steve Carrell under director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) and a third movie with Soderbergh, The Bitter Pill, which sounds like the actor's heaviest role to date. Don't get me wrong, I could watch Tatum bust skulls in G.I. Joe all day, but to see him tackle roles that, at first glance, don't scream his casting, proves his ambition in rising to the occasion. Bold choices are inevitably more interesting than the norm.
Channing Tatum Can Dance
Trump card. Anybody can recite a passage of Shakespeare and sound like they've got acting chops. Anybody can be lit by a cinematographer and shot on 35mm film to look like movie star. But few can whip out the dance moves required to pull of a movie like Step Up—and with such ease! This might be blasphemy for classicists, but a Gene Kelly comparison is apt. Tatum is a storyteller who can pull off on-screen dance—his vehicles thus far may be too contemporary to garner mass recognition, but give it time.
The actor and his longterm partner have been the toast of Hollywood this award's season, with Jolie celebrated for her feature directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey, and Pitt receiving acclaim for his films Moneyball and The Tree of Life.
Pitt admits he finds it hard to switch off from work at the end of the day, and he and Jolie often discuss their latest projects - sometimes clashing during the chats.
He tells Reuters, "Usually we argue shop every now and then. She's much more decisive, she's much more quick. I've got to see everything. I've got to shop the entire eBay to know exactly what I want and what I need. I'll always go to her and talk it out."
Jolie adds, "I had to direct, I think it's different. I think he'd execute properly if he was the director. But I do like to think of myself as decisive, so I'll take that."
Jolie stepped behind the camera to direct In The Land Of Blood And Honey, about a romance between a Serbian solider and a Bosnian woman, and she also wrote the script.
The film was a passion project for the Oscar-winner, and she was so wrapped up in her work, she would stay up until the early hours of the morning perfecting the story.
Jolie admits her partner Brad Pitt and their six children had to get used to her new work schedule.
She tells The Globe and Mail, "(There was a) slight adjustment (to family life). I would sit up writing late into the night. It wasn't a joke in our house, but it was this odd experiment I was doing that seemed so unusual for both of us.
"I'd written op-ed pieces and in journals, but nothing like this. But like anybody who loves you, they're happy when you're happy. I think Brad's happy that there's something that brings me some peace."
Angelina Jolie may be one of the biggest actresses of our generation, but that doesn't mean she's immune from insecurities and doubts. In fact, during a live video web chat with Marie Claire on Thursday, the actress-turned-director revealed that she had a "complete meltdown" before production began on her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. In fact, it even got so bad that her boyfriend Brad Pitt even found her crying in the shower.
The star explained that she felt under a lot of pressure to do the storyline justice and said, "I had a complete emotional breakdown in the shower and Brad [Pitt] found me crying. I felt this huge responsibility and I felt very small. 'Who am I to take this on?'" And even in light of the film's debut, Jolie admits she's still somewhat uncomfortable with her sudden career change, saying, "I didn't plan to become a director, and I still have trouble saying I'm a director." She goes on to say, "I just wanted to tell this story and I ended up by default being the director," adding, "It was a pleasure, but I wonder if it would be a pleasure with another cast and crew, and a subject matter that wasn't so special."
However, it seems like the Oscar winner's worries are for naught. The film is already nominated for a Golden Globe and it may pick up some honors at the Oscars as well. Looks like her career in directing could become just as successful as her career in acting.
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The actress took the director's chair for new movie In the Land of Blood and Honey, a self-penned film about a love affair between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman.
But she was so stressed about testing her talents on the other side of the lens, she suffered a meltdown in front of her partner Pitt.
During an online interview with Marie Claire magazine, Jolie said, "I had a complete emotional breakdown in the shower and Brad found me crying. I felt this huge responsibility and I felt very small. 'Who am I to take this on?'"
Jolie also revealed she only took on directing responsibilities by chance, adding, "I didn't plan to become a director, and I still have trouble saying I'm a director. I just wanted to tell this story and I ended up by default being the director. It was a pleasure, but I wonder if it would be a pleasure with another cast and crew, and a subject matter that wasn't so special."
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had a top secret meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (11Jan12) after the actress screened her directorial debut In the Land of Blood & Honey at the city's Holocaust Museum. Obama reportedly talked to Jolie about her work combating sexual violence against women.