We're looking for contributors

Angelina Jolie/IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY Angers Some Serbs, Wins Producers Guild Award

In the Land of Blood and Honey, Angelina Jolie, Zana Marjanovic, Ermin Sijamija
Zana Marjanovic, Ermin Sijamija, In the Land of Blood and Honey

Some Serbians may be furious at Angelina Jolie and her first directorial effort, the Bosnian War drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, but the Producers Guild of America feels differently. Jolie's socially conscious film has been named the recipient of this year's Stanley Kramer Award given to "a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion." In In the Land of Blood and Honey, a Bosnian woman is held captive – and used as a sex slave – at a Serbian prison camp while her former lover is fighting on the side of the Serbs.

As per PGA co-presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon, quoted in a press release, In the Land of Blood and Honey "is an extraordinary film that portrays a complex love story set against the terrors of the Bosnian War, especially towards women. This film truly embraces the legacy of Stanley Kramer.” The film's producers are Jolie, Tim Headington, Graham King, and Tim Moore.

So far, In the Land of Blood and Honey has been all but ignored by the various US-based critics' groups that have already named their Best of 2011. Possibly, Jolie's movie hasn't been made as widely available to critics as, say, late-year releases such as David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, both of which have managed to get several nods from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

With dialogue in Serbo-Croatian and English subtitles, In the Land of Blood and Honey opens in the U.S. on December 23. Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic star. The PGA Awards ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 21, 2012.

As for Stanley Kramer, he was a producer/director whose films tended to be quite humanistic and well-intentioned in a mainstream, inoffensive kind of way. The best of those are Inherit the Wind (1960), about the Scopes Trial that pitted radical Christians against secularism, and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), both starring Spencer Tracy.

On another level, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) is immensely helped by the performances of both Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as the parents of a young woman (Hepburn's real-life niece Katharine Houghton) whose husband-to-be is Sidney Poitier. Also worth mentioning is that Kramer's movies solely as producer include Fred Zinnemann's post-war drama The Men (1950), which marked Marlon Brando's film debut, and Zinnemann's classic Western High Noon, which earned Gary Cooper his second Best Actor Oscar.

In the Land of Blood and Honey photo: Dean Semler / FilmDistrict and GK Films

If you found Angelina Jolie/IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY Angers Some Serbs, Wins Producers Guild Award an informative post, please recommend it to your friends. See share buttons above and on the left.
And consider following Alt Film Guide on Facebook and/or joining the FB group All About Movies.
Angelina Jolie/IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY Angers Some Serbs, Wins Producers Guild Award © 2004-2015 Alt Film Guide and/or author(s). Text NOT to be reproduced without prior written consent.

Continue Reading: THE DESCENDANTS, I SAW THE DEVIL, Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton: Houston Film Critics Winners

Previous Post: Critics Choice Awards: THE ARTIST, HUGO, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio

You can leave your comment about Angelina Jolie/IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY Angers Some Serbs, Wins Producers Guild Award in the space below. Important: Different views and opinions are perfectly fine, but courtesy and respect are imperative. Abusive, bigoted, baseless (spreading misinformation), and/or inflammatory comments will be deleted, and such commenters may be banned.

You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

2 Comments to Angelina Jolie/IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY Angers Some Serbs, Wins Producers Guild Award

  1. Elizabeth

    A good movie should anger people, especially people who are afraid to take a look at themselves. When people start making a big fuss and threaten to boycott, or to ban a movie then that only helps to strengthen the movie's power - most people have learned that by now.

  2. Guest

    It's not so much that it's been "ignored" by the critics groups... the critics groups for the most part haven't seen it! Some of them has said as much, that many members did not get a chance to screen the film before the voting. I'm surprised the studio managed to get it into contention for these.


Controversial Falklands War Film BLESSED BY FIRE Opens in Argentina
Downfall Movie: Bruno Ganz Hitler Is Box-Office Hit
Shahrukh Khan's MY NAME IS KHAN Controversy
Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's THE OTHER GUYS Tops: Weekend Box Office Actuals
Cher-Christina Aguilera's BURLESQUE Up More than 30%: Golden Globes Box-Office Bump?
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt (Back)
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Review: Right-Wing Political Message?
INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS: Actors Repudiate Rabidly Anti-Islam 'Film'
2016 Obama's America: Organized Misinformation Campaign Against Anti-Obama Movie?