In the Land of Blood and Honey

In the Land of Blood and Honey

A scene from IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY, a film by Angelina Jolie. Picture courtesy FilmDistrict. All rights reserved.

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

Opened: 12/23/2011 Limited

Limited12/23/2011
Loews 19th/NYC12/23/2011 - 12/29/20117 days
Lincoln Plaza12/23/2011 - 01/12/201221 days
Arclight/Holly...12/23/2011 - 12/29/20117 days
Kendall Square...01/06/2012 - 01/19/201214 days
AMC Empire 2501/13/2012 - 01/19/20127 days
Quad Cinema/NYC01/20/2012 - 01/26/20127 days
DVD03/27/2012

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Genre: War/Romantic Drama

Rated: R for war violence and atrocities including rape, sexuality, nudity and language.

Synopsis

Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, "In the Land of Blood and Honey" tells the story of Danijel (Goran Kostic) and Ajla (Zana Marjanovic), two Bosnians from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Danijel, a Bosnian Serb police officer, and Ajla, a Bosnian Muslim artist, are together before the war, but their relationship is changed as violence engulfs the country. Months later, Danijel is serving under his father, General Nebojsa Vukojevich (Rade Serbedzija), as an officer in the Bosnian Serb Army. He and Ajla come face to face again when she is taken from the apartment she shares with her sister, Lejla (Vanesa Glodjo), and Lejla's infant child by troops under Danijel's command. As the conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship changes, their motives and connection to one another become ambiguous and their allegiances grow uncertain. "In the Land of Blood and Honey" portrays the incredible emotional, moral and physical toll that the war takes on individuals as well as the consequences that stem from the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict.

Cast Biographies (Courtesy of FilmDistrict)

Zana Marjanovic (Ajla)

ZANA MARJANOVIC was born in Sarajevo in 1983. She and her family lived in Slovenia during the course of the Bosnian War. Marjanovic spent her adolescence studying theatre at the Laguardia School for the Performing Arts in New York City. Upon graduating, she returned to Sarajevo, where she currently resides, to begin her acting career. She is best known for appearing in the 2008 film "Snow", as well as a recurring role in the Bosnian TV series "Crazy, Confused, Normal".

Goran Kostic (Danijel)

GORAN KOSTIC was born and raised in Sarajevo to Bosnian Serb parents. Despite being from a family with a longstanding tradition of military service, he left the region and moved to London in 1991, where he stayed for the duration of the Bosnian War. Kostic has appeared in such films and television series as "Band of Brothers", "Grease Monkeys", "Foyle's War", and "MI-5". Kostic currently resides in France.

Rade Serbedzija (Nebojsa)

RADE SERBEDZIJA was born in the Croatian village of Bunic. He is of Croatian Serb ethnicity. Even before graduating from the Academy of Dramatic Arts at the University of Zagreb, the oldest university and among the largest in southeast Europe, he began to play lead roles in Yugoslav theatre and film productions. His work as an actor and singer throughout the 1970s and 1980s earned him his place among the most popular personalities of former Yugoslavia's stage and screen. He also taught acting at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia and at his alma mater, the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. At the first signs of ethnic tension in the country, he took an energetic stand, acting and singing, against all nationalisms, incurring the wrath of extremists. His life threatened, he was forced to leave the country with his family in 1992. His first role abroad was the lead in the internationally award-winning film "Before the Rain", which was also nominated for an Oscar®. Since his debut in Hollywood films, he has become recognized for his roles in "Mission: Impossible II", "The Saint", "Eyes Wide Shut", "Snatch", "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", "X-Men: First Class", and the TV show "24". He is currently in production on the sequel to "Taken". In addition, he has published four books of poetry and released four musical albums. In 2000, he co-founded the Ulysses Theatre in Croatia's Brijuni Islands, where he directs and acts in many of the productions. He currently lives in Croatia.

Vanesa Glodjo (Lejla)

VANESA GLODJO was born and raised in Sarajevo. She lived through her late adolescence in the city for the entire duration of the Bosnian War and was wounded during that time. She graduated from the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts in 1997. Glodjo has worked steadily in both film and TV in Sarajevo, including a role in Jasmila Zbanic's 2006 film, "Grbavica: The Land of my Dreams". She currently lives in Sarajevo.

Nikola Djuricko (Darko)

NIKOLA DJURICKO was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia. During the Bosnian War, he lived there with his family and pursued his studies. Equally active on film, television, and in theatre, Djuricko graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, under Milenko Maricic and Zaga Micunovic. Since the late 1990s, he has put together a string of notable film roles that have catapulted him to the status of one of the most popular and sought-after Serbian actors today. In 2004, he directed Borislav Pekic's drama, "In Eden, In the East", for the Belgrade Drama Theatre. He has been a permanent member of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre since 1995.

Branko Djuric (Aleksandar)

BRANKO DJURIC was born in Sarajevo to a Serb father and a Muslim mother. He is both an accomplished actor and musician. Djuric starred in the 2001 Academy Award®-winning satire of the Bosnian War "No Man's Land", which also won the Cannes Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Best Screenplay. He is also the frontman for the popular Sarajevo rock band Bombay Stampa. He completed his studies at the Actors Academy in Sarajevo but left the city during the Bosnian War. Since 1993, Djuric has lived in Ljubljana, Slovenia where he leads Theatre 55, a film production company.

Fedja Stukan (Petar)

FEDJA STUKAN was born in 1974 in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo. He lived in Montenegro from 1990 until the beginning of the war in 1992, at which point he joined the special units of the Bosnian army. After two years of heavy combat he left the army, refusing to fight in what he personally considered a "religious war." He was able to escape the army by faking a mental disorder and fled to Germany, not returning to Sarajevo until after the war was over. Since then, he has studied dramatic arts and appeared in several films and TV programs.

Alma Terzic (Hana)

ALMA TERZIC was born and raised in the Bosnian city of Zenica, where she lived with her family during the war. She is a recent graduate of the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts. She has appeared in such films as "Snow" and "Memory Full". She also currently stars on the popular sitcom, "Crazy, Confused, Normal". Terzic is a member of the ensemble of the Sarajevo National Theatre. She lives in Sarajevo.

Jelena Jovanova (Esma)

JELENA JOVANOVA was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1984 to a Serbian mother and Macedonian father. Only a child when the Bosnian War started, she and her family traveled back and forth from Bosnia to Macedonia frequently. Jovanova graduated from the Faculty of Drama Arts in Skopje in 2007. She is a repertory player at the Macedonian National Theatre. In addition, she has appeared in 20 theatre plays, four feature films, one short film and four successful seasons as the hostess of a TV show about automobiles and lifestyle. Jovanova is currently dedicated to her master's studies in Culture and Globalization, as well as appearing in a new play, "Family Stories", by Biljana Srbljanovic.

Ermin Bravo (Mehmet)

ERMIN BRAVO was born and raised in the city of Sarajevo and lived there during the Bosnian War. He has appeared in numerous film and theatre productions, including "Romeo and Juliet" and "Long Day's Journey into Night". He is currently a professor of acting at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts.

Boris Ler (Tarik)

BORIS LER is originally from Sarajevo, where he lived with his family through the first two years of the Bosnian War. For the last two years of the war, he lived with his mother and brother as refugees in the small Croatian village of Podaca while his father and the rest of his family remained in Sarajevo. After the war, Ler returned to Sarajevo to train at the Academy of Performing Arts. Since 2007, he has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. In 2008, he was named the Best Young Actor at the Bosnia and Herzegovina Drama Festival for his performance in "FlyHunter". He was most recently seen in Danis Tanovic's film, "Circus Columbia".

Goran Jevtic (Mitar)

GORAN JEVTIC was born in Mladenovac, Serbia, in 1978. During the war in Bosnia, he was a high school student acting in youth drama theatre in Belgrade. In 2001, he graduated from the Drama program at Belgrade University of Arts. Ever since, Jevtic has been engaged in Belgrade's most well-known theatres and also worked in multi-national productions in Austria, Denmark, and Italy. His performances have made him the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards in Serbia. Since 2001, he has appeared in nine films, as well as numerous TV and theatre productions.

Ermin Sijamija (Vuc)

ERMIN SIJAMIJA was born in 1974 in Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and raised in Sarajevo, where he completed elementary and secondary school. During the entire siege of Sarajevo, he remained there defending the city in which he grew up. In 1995, he enrolled at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo. He graduated in 2000, and since then, he has appeared in several films, TV programs, theatre productions, and commercials. He currently lives in Sarajevo, where he is a member of the drama ensemble and Artistic Director of Drama at the National Theatre.

Milos Timotijevic (Durja)

MILOS TIMOTIJEVIC was born in Belgrade, Serbia in March of 1975. During the time of the war in former Yugoslavia, he was a student at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, majoring in Drama. Just a few weeks after the NATO bombing of Serbia, he received his graduate degree in Acting. Despite the dire circumstances in his country, Timotijevic has worked on numerous TV shows, theatre productions, and films such as "The Hornet" in 1998 and "Seven And A Half" in 2006.

Jasna Ornela Bery (Mejrema)

JASNA ORNELA BERY was born in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1954. She studied drama and philosophy in Sarajevo and after graduation became a permanent member of the Chamber Theatre 55 (Kamerni Teater 55). When the war first broke out in former Yugoslavia, she survived in Sarajevo, but then escaped the city with her son, who was only 15 years old at the time. Together they moved to Zagreb, Croatia, where they lived for several years until the war was over. Since then, Bery has worked in film, theatre, TV, and radio productions throughout the region, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo. She has received several awards and acknowledgements for her work, having appeared in "Grbavica, the Land of My Dreams" and "On the Path", both directed by Jasmila Zbanic, Snow directed by Aida Begic, Circus Columbia directed by Oscar®-winner Danis Tanovic, and "Inside", directed by Namik Kabil. She is currently performing in a new film by Aida Begic.

Aleksandar Djurica (Marko)

ALEKSANDAR DJURICA was born in 1969 and raised in the city of Novi Sad, in the Serbian province of Vojvodina. He was 22 years old when the war started. Over the course of the war, he studied acting at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and participated in street demonstrations against the war and the regime of Slobodan Milosevic. In his 15-year career, Djurica has worked steadily in film, TV and theatre, in Vojvodina and Belgrade. He has received several awards for his work, and in 2008 he was nominated for best actor at the festival Grand Off, European Off Film Awards, for his work on the Milos Pusic film "Lullaby for the Boy". He currently lives in Belgrade, where he is a member of National Theatre.

Dzana Pinjo (Nadja)

DZANA PINJO was born in Sarajevo and lived in the city of Visoko during the Bosnian War. She graduated from the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts. She has appeared in numerous theatre, film and TV productions, including stagings of Shakespeare's "Othello" and Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard". Pinjo currently teaches at the Academy in the drama department.

 

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