Why Angelina Jolie Agonized Over the Title of Her Directorial Debut


The Bosnian War movie, which landed a U.S. distributor Sunday at Cannes, is called "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

Angelina Jolie says she struggled with the title of her directorial debut, which landed a U.S. distributor at Cannes on Sunday.

The movie will be called In the Land of Blood and Honey, a title that she settled on just ahead of Sunday's announcement that FilmDistrict will release the movie Dec. 23 in the U.S.

She told Entertainment Weekly that coming up with the title was "driving me crazy. I have lists and lists of titles all over."

She cited the subject matter of the film, which is set against the backdrop of the Bonsian Civil War in the 1990s, as the primary reason she was having such a hard time.

"It's a heavy film," she added. "You want to find that title that really helps the audience know what they're walking into."

The movie stars Zana Marjanovic (Snow), Goran Kostic and Rade Serbedzija (In the Rain). Jolie worked with a completely local cast, filming the project in both Serbo-Croation, the language spoken at the time of the war, and English. FilmDistrict will be releasing the English-language version.

In making the announcement, Jolie said: "The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it's also universal. I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living inside a war."