Angelina Jolie finally has a title for her directorial debut drama about the Bosnian War — In the Land of Blood and Honey.
Angie was in a time crunch to name the film, which she wrote and directed, after FilmDistrict announced plans to release it on Dec. 23!
“It’s a heavy film,” Angelina explained to Entertainment Weekly at the Cannes Film Festival. “You want to find that title that really helps the audience know what they’re walking into.”
The film tells the story of a young Serbian man (Goran Kostic) and a Bosnian-Muslim woman (Zana Marjanovic) who begin a romance before the ethnic war of 1992 pulls them apart and ravages the former Yugoslavia, EW explains.
But figuring out a title for the film was tricky for Angie, and she said it was “driving me crazy. I have lists and lists of titles all over.”
And the final cut is close to being completed.
“I’m moments away,” she said. “I had to leave the editing room to come here.”
So the director used test audiences to help come up with a film title. “You become very surprised because you think, ‘It’s this,” and they say, ‘It’s definitely a film about that,’ ” she explained. “We tried a few. None of them have worked.”
Finally, she settled on In the Land of Blood and Honey to describe the film about the 1992 conflict that caused more than 100,000 people to lose their lives.