10 Famous Directors on Making Their First Feature Films

Angelina Jolie on In the Land of Blood and Honey

You’d expect the making of an intense wartime drama centering on the love story between a Serbian soldier and a Bosniak prisoner of war to be an emotional rollercoaster for everyone on set, but for first-time director Angelina Jolie it sent her reeling. “I just wanted to tell this story, and I ended up by default being the director,” the star recently told Marie Claire. “I suddenly felt the responsibility, and I felt very small and, who am I to take this on? And think that I could make a difference? What have I done? I had a complete meltdown.” Jolie’s film — which she also wrote and produced — won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.