A federal judge has ruled tentatively in Angelina Jolie‘s favor in a lawsuit that alleged she took key elements of a book on the Bosnian War for her 2011 film In The Land of Blood and Honey. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee today said there were not enough similarities between James Braddock’s book The Soul Shattering and the film to prove violation of copyright. Braddock was therefore ordered to show cause why the action should not be dismissed with prejudice by no later than April 12. Braddock sued the Oscar-winning actress, GK Films and distributor Film District on December 2, 2011 for copyright infringement, three weeks before the film about a love affair during the Bosnian Civil War came out in America.
The Oscar winning actress denied in the strongest legal terms that she took key elements of a book on the Bosnian War for her 2011 film In The Land of Blood and Honey. “Defendants independently created the Motion Picture without any influence of Plaintiff’s Subject Work,” said Jolie, along with fellow defendants GK Films and distributor Film District, in a 13-page response (read it here) filed yesterday. “Defendants further deny that the protectible elements of the Motion Picture and the book entitled “The Soul Shattering” (“Subject Work”) are legally or substantially similar under controlling Ninth Circuit law,” the response also says. James J. Braddock sued Jolie and the others, on December 2, 2011 for copyright infringement. Filing his suit three weeks before the film came out in America on December 23, 2011, the author accused Jolie and the companies of copying key elements of his 2007 book for In The Land of Blood and Honey.
Berlin Adds Billy Bob Thornton’s ‘Car’ To Competition, Angelina Jolie’s ‘Blood And Honey’ As Special Screening
The Berlin International Film Festival has added 10 world premieres to its competition lineup including Billy Bob Thornton’s drama Jayne Mansfield’s Car starring Kevin Bacon, John Hurt, Robert Duvall and Thornton. Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey has also been added as a special screening in its German premiere. Mike Leigh is presiding over the jury in Berlin; the festival opens February 9 with Benoît Jacquot’s Farewell My Queen. Here’s the full list of new titles:
By Alain Gomis
With Saül Williams, Aïssa Maïga, Djolof M’bengue
By Christian Petzold
With Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld
Cesare Deve Morire (Caesar Must Die)
By Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
With Fabio Cavalli, Salvatore Striano
By Matthias Glasner
With Jürgen Vogel, Birgit Minichmayr, Henry Stange
Jayne Mansfield’s Car
By Billy Bob Thornton
With Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon
L´Enfant D´En Haut (Sister)
By Ursula Meier
With Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, Gillian Anderson, Martin Compston
By Spiros Stathoulopoulos
With Theo Alexander, Tamila Koulieva
By Miguel Gomes
With Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira, Carloto Cotta
Csak A Szél (Just The Wind)
By Benedek Fliegauf
With Lajos Sárkány, Katalin Toldi, Gyöngyi Lendvai, Géza Jungwirth
Was Bleibt (Home For The Weekend)
By Hans-Christian Schmid
With Lars Eidinger, Corinna Harfouch, Sebastian Zimmler, Ernst Stötzner
In The Land Of Blood And Honey
By Angelina Jolie
With Zana Marjanović, Goran Kostić, Rade Šrbedžija, Vanesa Glodjo
LOS ANGELES, CA (December 13, 2011) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA), announced today that IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY will be honored with the 2012 Stanley Kramer Award. The film’s producers will be honored with the award at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion. Kramer created some of the most respected and successful works in the annals of American motion pictures, with such classics as THE CAINE MUTINY, HIGH NOON, THE DEFIANT ONES, and GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmDistrict will issue the domestic release of Angelina Jolie’s feature directorial debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey in the native BHS language of Bosnia. The language, which was called Serbian-Croatian during the Bosnian War depicted in the film, is now called Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (Bosanski/Hrvatski/Srpski). The film will carry subtitles. FilmDistrict platforms the film December 23 in New York and Los Angeles and widens the release in January.
When Jolie shot her script, she filmed it both in BHS and English language, with the intention of reaching a broad audience around the world. Jolie clearly preferred to go for the authenticity of the native language. FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel and Bob Berney agreed with her after after they saw both versions within the past few days. “I’m honored that FilmDistrict has chosen to release the film in the United States in the original BHS-language version,” Jolie said in a statement. “It was always my hope that U.S. audiences would have the opportunity to experience this version.”
The drama is set in the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s. The film tells the story of Danijel (Goran Kostic) and Ajla (Zana Marjanovic), Bosnians from different sides of the brutal ethnic war. As the conflict takes hold of their lives, the relationship between them changes, their motives and connection to one another become ambiguous and their …
A new trailer is up for In The Land Of Blood And Honey, the film written and directed by Angelina Jolie. A love story framed in the backdrop of the Bosnian War, the film is Jolie’s narrative feature directorial debut. It will be released December 23 by FilmDistrict.
Paramount said today that it is shifting the release dates for two of its prime holiday movies. Now, the Steven Spielberg-directed The Adventures of Tintin and the Tom Cruise-starrer Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol will both open in wide release (including IMAX) on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Mission: Impossible always had that date, but today it was revealed that the actioner will begin previews in select theaters and IMAX on Friday, Dec. 16. Meanwhile, the studio had slated Tintin for a Dec. 23 bow but has moved the motion-capture pic up a bit into the midweek spot.
The week leading up to Christmas has always been a plum one for the studios, but the year it is particularly crazy. In addition to Mission: Impossible, Sony has slotted its big David Fincher action drama The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for Wednesday. Meanwhile, Fox’s Cameron Crowe pic We Bought a Zoo bows wide Friday along with the platform debut of the Angelina Jolie-directed In the Land of Blood and Honey. On Christmas Day is Spielberg’s just-shifted War Horse, from DreamWorks/Touchstone/Disney; Summit’s sci-fi thriller The Darkest Hour; and Warner Bros’ limited release of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.