In the Land of Blood and Honey is Angelina Jolie’s directorial/screenwriting debut. Unfortunately it’s also cast her in another new role: defendant. On Dec. 2, papers were filed in Illinois suing Jolie and the producers of the film for copyright infringement.
James J. Braddock, a Croatian journalist, maintains that the movie — due in theaters Dec. 23 — takes its plot from his book, The Soul Shattering, which was published in 2007. The lawsuit maintains that Braddock met with co-defendant Edin Sarkic (a producer on the film) three different times in 2008 and that The Soul Shattering and the finished film share the following similarities (SPOILER ALERT, for those who hope to see the film):
* “a love story that takes place in war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early 1990s”
* a half-Muslim Croatian main female character “living near Sarajevo, who is captured and imprisoned in a Serbian-held concentration camp”
* that the female character “is subject to continuous abuse and rape by soldiers and officers in the camp. In addition to being raped continuously by soldiers and officers, she is forced to become a servant at the camp headquarters”
* that the male character “struggles with the polarity of his emotions and his military duty; he loves the main female character but is expected to fulfill his duties as a high-ranking member in the army force. Amidst his struggle, he helps her escape from camp”
Braddock is seeking statutory damages and an injunction against the film. Jolie didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.