Entries in In the Land of Blood and Honey (2)


Angelina Jolie Sued for Copyright Infringement over New Film

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- Angelina Jolie's directorial debut hasn't gone over well with a journalist who claims its plot was taken from a book he released in 2007.

Croatian journalist James Braddock has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in response to Jolie's upcoming film In the Land of Blood and Honey, a love story set during the 1990s Bosnian War.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Braddock alleges that he discussed his Croatian-language book, The Soul Shattering, with one of the film's producers, co-defendant Edin Sarkic, over the course of a few years, as well as the possibility of adapting it into a film.  

He says he eventually found out about Jolie's film and its alleged similarities to his own work.  He says much like Jolie's movie, his book takes place during the Bosnian War and features a Serbian camp commander who falls in love with a woman who's imprisoned and raped by soldiers.

Braddock seeks statutory damages and an injunction against the film's release.  In the Land of Blood and Honey is due out Dec. 23.

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Angelina Jolie Behind the Camera ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’

PRNewsFoto/D'Orazio and Associates(NEW YORK) -- Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie often tackles violence and war in her action films.

But her latest film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, she tackles it in entirely different way, delving into the lives of innocent people caught in the middle of the war in Bosnia in the 1990’s.

For the first time, Jolie stepped behind the camera, writing and directing the film that examines the Bosnian conflict through the eyes of characters witnessing the systematic violence and genocide that enveloped the region for over three years.

“I was thinking and meditating on these international themes of violence against women, lack of intervention, and how human beings are changed and warped by war, and how some people come out stronger and some people are truly broken,” Jolie told This Week anchor Christiane Amanpour, who covered the conflict in the 1990′s. “There’s no safe way to tackle these subject matters, but I think the important thing is to discuss them and tackle them.”

While the United States was heavily involved and finally ended the Bosnian conflict in 1995, the war that raged for more than three years in the heart of Europe was considered one of the greatest collective failures of international diplomacy since World War II.

While Jolie is a Hollywood star known more for her high-profile film roles and her relationship and family with actor Brad Pitt, she says those who know her well know that tackling such a serious subject matter as the Bosnian war is not out of character.

Jolie serves as a Goodwill ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jolie did extensive research for In the Land of Blood and Honey, pouring through articles and photos to try to capture individual stories from the conflict.

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