GK Films announced earlier today that their affiliated distribution company, FilmDistrict will release Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, the Bosnian war love story: In the Land of Blood and Honey in the United States. Jolie who co-wrote the film has described it as thus: "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." Hit the jump for the details.

The film stars Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic and Rade Serbedzija. "The former Yugoslavia has a rich history of dramatic arts. The cast was extraordinary. I was privileged and honored to work with them and I am very excited for everyone to see their immense talent," Jolie added. The film will hit theaters this December 23rd. Graham King, who financed the project with his GK Films partner Tim Headington stated: "Working with Angelina on this film and story has been a great collaboration and I am extremely proud of this film," he said. "The filmmaking is impeccable, and signals the arrival of a visceral and compelling storyteller."

Jolie revealed to EW that coming up with the title was "driving me crazy. I have lists and lists of titles all over." She noted 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."

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