The Land of Blood and Honey: The Rise of Modern Israel | Jewish Book CouncilAngelina Jolie's directorial debut gets the Bosnian war right, but preaches its message clumsily. After all, the film, which takes place during the Bosnian conflict in the early s, is standard Academy catnip: a historical, war-time drama helmed by Hollywood royalty. And it's getting plenty of media attention. Jolie has appeared on The Charlie Rose Show and Anderson to field questions about what it's like to go from hair and makeup to yelling "action! Given all this, it's reasonable to wonder whether Jolie is in the game for a Best Director nod at the Oscars, or at the very least for a lesser nomination Best Song , perhaps? After seeing the film and Jolie's many plugs for it, I don't think she's doing any serious Oscar-baiting.
The cast of "In the Land of Blood and Honey" honor Angelina Jolie at the 2013 Governors Awards
The Land of Blood and Honey: The Rise of Modern Israel
By Dominic Patten. The Oscar winning actress denied in the strongest legal terms that she took key elements of a book on the Bosnian War for her film In The Land of Blood and Honey. James J. Braddock sued Jolie and the others, on December 2, for copyright infringement. Filing his suit three weeks before the film came out in America on December 23, , the author accused Jolie and the companies of copying key elements of his book for In The Land of Blood and Honey.
Angelina Jolie's first foray into film directing has not, so far, been bump free. Last year she was forced to defend In the Land of Blood and Honey against angry protestations from Bosnian victims of sexual violence during the Balkan conflict of the s: now she's facing a lawsuit from a Croatian journalist who says her film borrows much of its storyline from his book. James Braddock, also known as Josip Knezevic, is suing Jolie and producers of her film in the northern district court of Illinois claiming In the Land of Blood and Honey violates the copyright on his book The Soul Shattering. Both works, he claims, are set in war-torn Bosnia and Herzogovina and feature a main female character who is captured, imprisoned and raped by soldiers, as well as a Serbian camp commander who falls in love with the woman and helps her escape. Futhermore, says Braddock, he met a producer who worked with Jolie to discuss adapting his book into a movie several times in and , and subsequently kept in touch with him via email and text message over the following two years.
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