Jolie's directorial debut, a Bosnian-set drama, will receive the PGA's Stanley Kramer Award for socially-conscious work
Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," picked up its first awards-season mention on Tuesday, as the Producers Guild of America announced that the film will be honored with its Stanley Kramer Award.
The award, named after the producer of "The Caine Mutiny," "High Noon" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," was created in 2002. According to the PGA, it honors "a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion."
"In the Land of Blood and Honey" is set in Bosnia during the war in that country during the 1990s. Its dialogue is largely in the Serbo-Croatian language, and it depicts the tortured relationship between a couple who find themselves on different sides of the devastating conflict.
Jolie's work "is an extraordinary film that portrays a complex love story set against the terrors of the Bosnian War, especially towards women,” said PGA presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon in a statement. “This film truly embraces the legacy of Stanley Kramer.”
Previous recipients of the Stanley Kramer Award include last year's winner, Sean Penn, as well as the films "Antwone Fisher," "In America," "Hotel Rwanda" and "An Inconvenient Truth."
The film's producers –Jolie, Tim headington, Graham King and Tim Moore – will accept the award at the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 21 at the Beverly Hilton.