May 17, 2011 / 11:00 AM / in 6 years

Angelina Jolie Bosnia movie gets December release

<p>Actress Angelina Jolie walks on the set during the filming of "In the Land of Blood and Honey" in Budapest, November 4, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh</p>

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut -- a controversial movie set in wartime Bosnia -- has a name and a release date.

“In the Land of Blood and Honey” will be released in the United States on December 23, producers said in a statement on Monday, just in time for Oscar consideration.

“The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it’s also universal,” Jolie said in a statement. “I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living inside a war.”

Jolie, who also wrote the screenplay, last year described the then untitled movie as a love story between a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman on the eve of the 1992-95 Balkans conflict, in which 100,000 people died.

But it caused controversy in Bosnia with some female victims of sexual violence objecting to details in the plot and Bosnian authorities canceling a filming permit. As a result, some scenes scheduled to be shot in Sarajevo were moved to Budapest, Hungary.

Jolie, who won a supporting actress Oscar for “Girl, Interrupted”, and who is a United Nations goodwill ambassador, has asked the people of Bosnia to withhold judgment until they see the completed film.

“In the Land of Blood and Honey” features a local cast, and was shot in both the English and Serbo-Croat languages.

Producers Graham King and Tim Headington on Monday called it a “bold new film (which) illustrates the consequences of the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict.”

Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney

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