Consider it an early Christmas present: Angelina Jolie's directorial debut will hit theaters on December 23, 2011, Deadline reports. Named In the Land of Blood and Honey, the movie is being distributed by FilmDistrict.
"The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it's also universal," Jolie, 35, said in a statement. "I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living in side a war."
Graham King, who financed the project with his GK Films partner Tim Headington, promises viewers won't be disappointed.
"Working with Angelina on this film and story has been a great collaboration and I am extremely proud of this film," he said. "The filmmaking is impeccable, and signals the arrival of a visceral and compelling storyteller."
Though the Oscar winner does not appear in the film, it features a cast of local citizens, many of whom were children of war in the '90s. "The former Yugoslavia has a rich history of dramatic arts. The cast was extraordinary," Jolie said. "I was privileged and honored to work with them and I am very excited for everyone to see their immense talent."
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