Category Archives: Q&A
I was fortunate enough to speak with Melanie Wise, the founder of the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival yesterday, and what perfect timing since today is International Women’s Day! After the cut, please find the interview. I hope you enjoy and if you can spare even $5 please donate to the festival’s IndieGoGo campaign!
Tomorrow is the grand opening of the new Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian Institute. In celebration of the opening the theater will be screening four films featuring Humphrey Bogart, arguably the studio’s must notable star: Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre and The Big Sleep. Stephen Bogart, son of film legends Bogart and Lauren Bacall, will be on hand for the inaugural presentation of Casablanca. I was lucky enough to speak with him briefly this morning about the new theater, his father’s legacy and some of his thoughts on Hollywood today.
I have some exciting news, next week there will be a live web chat with Angelina Jolie about her Golden Globe-nominated directorial debut In The Land of Blood And Honey. There’s a great ap with a countdown and lots of information about the film on our Facebook page. Unfortunately, WordPress won’t let me use the iframe code, but you can see the ap here. If you have any questions for Angelina, you can leave them as comments below and one of them might be answered by her during the chat on January 12th. Also one lucky reader will win the film’s poster! Fabulous.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, the film tells the story of Danijel (Goran Kostić) and Ajla (pronounced Ayla) (Zana Marjanović), two Bosnians from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Danijel, a Bosnian Serb police officer, and Ajla, a Bosnian Muslim artist, are together before the war, but their relationship is changed as violence engulfs the country. Months later, Danijel is serving under his father, General Nebojsa Vukojevich (Rade Šerbedžija), as an officer in the Bosnian Serb Army. He and Ajla come face to face again when she is taken from the apartment she shares with her sister, Lejla (Vanesa Glodjo), and Lejla’s infant child by troops under Danijel’s command. As the conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship changes, their motives and connection to one another become ambiguous and their allegiances grow uncertain. In the Land of Blood and Honey portrays the incredible emotional, moral and physical toll that the war takes on individuals as well as the consequences that stem from the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict.
So to repeat, leave a question in the comments below for a chance to have it answered by Angelina Jolie herself, as well as a chance to win your own In The Land of Blood and Honey poster. Also, don’t forget to share this post on Facebook and Twitter (reply @oldfilmsflicker so I can see the tweet!) FYI, I think the giveway is only for U.S. residents. Sorry about that all you wonderful international readers! Also, make sure you leave me some way to contact you (email, twitter, tumblr, etc.) so I can contact you if you win.