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Angelina Jolie’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey” trailer – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The first trailer for “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” Angelina Jolie’s anticipated directorial debut, has arrived online, heralding what could become a player in the still-evolving Oscar race this season.

Jolie’s film centers on a forbidden romance between a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian-Muslim war victim. It’s set against the backdrop of the 1990s Bosnian conflict, and the clip shows the balance between love and battle that we’re hearing Jolie’s screenplay addresses. From this initial glance, it also looks like Jolie’s an ambitious visual storyteller.

Jolie, I believe, made a wise decision casting locals and unknowns to avoid the distracting presence of A-lister trying to blend into a combat zone. “Honey” made headlines for its controversial subject matter, which almost prevented the director – a U.N. ambassador – from filming on location for authenticity. Cooler heads prevailed. Will that help the film?

We’ll find out on Dec. 23, when FilmDistrict drops “Honey” into theatres and, if I were to guess, the Oscar race. Here’s the trailer:


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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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