Late last year, Angelina Jolie decided to follow in the footsteps of Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford and Ben Affleck (can't believe I'm putting him in the same sentence as the first two, but that's showbiz!) and make the jump from actor to filmmaker. Her The Tourist producer Graham King decided he'd finance her then-untitled picture about a love story set during the Bosnian War, which Jolie also wrote. The Oscar winning actress descended upon Bosnia to shoot her film with local actors including Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic and Rade Serbedzija and now, according to King's company, has distribution.
GK Films made an announcement just now stating that he'd struck a deal with rising star FilmDistrict to release the picture, which is now titled In the Land of Blood and Honey. FilmDistrict has apparently been the most active company purchasing films at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and continues to make solid acquisitions as this buy so clearly represents. It will release the picture in the US on December 23rd.
"The former Yugoslavia has a rich history of dramatic arts. The cast was extraordinary. I was privileged and honored to work with them and I am very excited for everyone to see their immense talent," Jolie said in a statement. It will be interesting to see how talented she is behind the camera, because lord knows we could use more female directors in Hollywood.
Source: GK Films (via Coming Soon)