Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut

The Hollywood star sat down with Christiane Amanpour to discuss her new movie.
5:22 | 12/05/11

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-- is on the cover of this week's Newsweek. But there -- new movie you won't see your on screen -- directing a feature for the first time a film -- also wrote to -- staff with ABC's -- -- -- important talk about it. And Christiane this film is about something you both know well the warm us exactly and it's so serious it is amazing Angelina Jolie told me that she found it refreshing as you can imagine although nerve -- to be off camera with -- celebrity is no wonder why the film is -- really brave very. Tough and courageous -- as an important subject the Bosnian war which was a major challenge the United States. -- -- covered extensively and I sat down with Angelina at the prestigious council on foreign relations -- -- she's been -- it since 2007. Hollywood's highest paid actress and UN goodwill ambassador mother of six children and -- -- Brad Pitt. She is the quintessential -- stopped what Angelina Jolie may be best known for her life both on and off camera. We now get to see -- -- side of them. If she takes on working behind the camera in the land of your blood and honey -- GODs debut as a director. Film she wrote about the Bosnian war an unexpected and brave choice for a first down -- Traveled for years nineteen -- people. Post conflict and and and wanted to understand more what happened to them -- and how. Just human beings are just pushed to their limit and how they change another changed and affected by war. And then I started to to look into this that particular conflict because and I've been there and I visited. Hand and I was just so taken by it and you decided to tell it. As a love story the truth -- it's a love story that would have -- shows the love between mother and child. Between man and woman between Brothers fathers -- but it's what -- does to those relationships is quite extraordinary because -- an English version and a Bosnian bush reversed in the local language. Why did you do that he felt that this is a -- that is tossed about enough it's hard to access. -- -- and get people into the seats too can have forced him to sit through this and so we felt if we made it also an English. It would help people who are not comfortable foreign -- subtitles but at the same time it had to be in its authentic language because it belongs and it's authentic blackness. The film was shot late last year in Hungary and Bosnia. -- -- -- local cops including actresses on -- by the out of date and Vanessa gorilla joke if you listen long stint of shooting. But Joseph when he made sure that she had Brad and -- kids nearby. You trouble when -- you goes. Yes we can't read -- -- -- an agreement only came together we believe that the this is so hard family in this business them. -- we take turns working so whenever one of us works the other. Make sure that -- for the kids and so we never have to split FM manuals to take them on -- always on the case and yet we never would have if it's over five days. Everybody's gonna move it to Haitian shipping traveling mass. A traveling -- that resembles a mini United Nations. Along with three biological kids they've adopted -- -- from Cambodia Ethiopia and Vietnam I was motherhood particularly from children from those parts of the world. -- you I'm being very careful with their schooling -- home schooling especially when it comes to history to make sure it's not one country's point of view of their country. Because. It has to be very balanced and they have to learn to learn about them their country so they can form their -- conclusions. But what's the high and to keep -- together how to Brad and Angelina managed to make their whirlwind life -- family careers and love book. You sort of dovetail -- -- acting but also your humanitarian work I'm a strong believer has added that what keeps a great relationship is to have the same patent. Your ethics of the same the way you approach the world is the same not not just your love of art but your sense of what is right and wrong and your sense of the commitment your children need from you or what your responsibilities the -- the world -- says this have found becomes does -- Korea. Acting and now directing and writing. Is secondary what's more rewarding few of the writing -- or the acting. I don't know if it's more rewarding but the writing is the hardest because it feels the most exposed -- the most private. -- -- -- an actress -- somebody else's words. You can always blame the director and the director can -- the editor -- the writer is the one that kind of sits alone in the room and rights that they think is. Important funny historical couples say you probably spotted on -- -- and though there is here is that and and a half but I loved it from us and because I can do -- accountant -- hit that could be kids reading. So it's a really brave tough built into -- that was really -- generation's Vietnam. And we -- all very emotional about it. And also those costs members of old from that part of the world that would make it so much more about it is incredible -- -- bosnians and thus -- book all the different ethnicity. Which -- This it together and then -- -- -- who was such calamitous consequences as you remember so well explicitly tells occur most personal work -- percent thanks very much. In the land of blood and honey opens in new York and LA on December 23. And you can see Kristiansen -- interviewed Angelina Jolie tonight and Nightline.

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