Producers Guild to Honor Angelina Jolie's 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' With Stanley Kramer Award
The award honors a motion picture or producer for illuminating social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion.
The Producers Guild of America announced Tuesday it will honor Angelina Jolie's Bosnian war film In the Land of Blood and Honey with the 2012 Stanley Kramer Award at the guild's annual awards ceremony on Jan. 21.
The award was established in 2002 following the death of legendary director and producer Stanley Kramer--whose films included The Caine Mutiny, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Judgment at Nuremberg, High Noon and The Defiant Ones--and recognizes a motion picture, producer or other individual whose "achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion."
Films previously receiving the Kramer award include The Great Debaters, An Iconventient Truth, Hotel Rwanda and Antwone Fisher. Last year, Sean Penn became the first individual to receive the award.
In the Land of Blood and Honey, which marks Jolie's directorial debut and opens in select theaters Dec. 23, follows the story of a Muslim woman and Serb policeman who are dating when the Bosnian war breaks out, and what ensues when she is taken to a Serbian rape camp where he is now in charge. Jolie both directed and penned the script, and primarily cast Bosnian actors.
"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," PGA presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon said.
Jolie and Graham King's GK Films partnered in financing and producing the film, which FilmDistrict, a sister company of GK Films, is distributing in the U.S.