‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’, Angelina Jolie’s feature directorial debut in 2011, said she never imagined she could ever direct or write a film.
The film, featuring Bosnian actors Zana Marjanovic and Goran Kostic and Croatian actor-director Rade Serbedzija, depicted a love story set against the background of the Bosnian War. Reportedly, the 42-year-old star says though direction was never in her plans, she always wanted to work with artists from other parts of the world. “I never thought I could make a movie or write one, it was never part of my plan. For me, it wasn’t just about becoming a director. I believe our world is stronger for diversity and I love to learn about cultures. It’s the greatest way to deeply learn and know each other.”
“In my humanitarian work, I’m passionate about that. They’re my heroes, the people I’m involved with. They’ve taught me to be a better person, a better mother, what to live by, and what to value. If I can do films that bring their stories to life, I think those are important stories,” said Jolie at the ongoing Toronto international film festival.
Jolie has brought her fourth feature directorial effort, ‘First They Killed My Father’, a foreign language film set in Cambodia that first bowed in Telluride.