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FilmDistrict picks up Angelina Jolie's In The Land Of Blood And Honey at Cannes, plus Arabian Nights and Looper

16 May 2011 7:41 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Angelina Jolie'S directing debut is to be released later this year under the title In The Land Of Blood And Honey after being picked up at the Cannes Film Festival by distributors FilmDistrict.

The movie is a love story set during the Bosnian Civil War of the 1990s and will hit screens on December 23.

The synopsis states: In The Land Of Blood And Honey is a love story about a young Serb and a Muslim woman who fell in love several evenings before beginning of war in Bosnia. The action follows war events with the young Muslim woman ending up in a Serbian concentration camp from where she is somehow saved by the young Serb. Their love becomes passionate but impossible.

Jolie, who also wrote the script, said: "The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it's also universal. I wanted to tell a story of how human »

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FilmDistrict Making Deal For Liam Hemsworth-Starrer 'Arabian Nights'

12 May 2011 1:58 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Update, 3:15 Pm: FilmDistrict has confirmed its deal. The release is below the original exclusive post. Exclusive: After starting the day by acquiring the Gerard Butler soccer comedy Playing the Field, FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel and Bob Berney are near a deal to acquire domestic rights to Arabian Nights, the Inferno Entertainment project that has Chuck Russell directing The Hunger Games’ star Liam Hemsworth. The film is in its formative stages, with Russell and Barry Ambrose co-writing the script. It’s an ambitious $60 million action film that Inferno is creating action on in the Cannes Festival market. (Inferno also is in pre-production on director Andrew Niccol's The Host with Saoirse Ronan and in post on the Brad Pitt starrer Cogan's Trade, Joe Carnahan's The Grey and Killer Elite.) Meanwhile, FilmDistrict is being aggressive; its first two releases, Insidious and Soul Surfer, both scored at the box office. Cannes, »


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