Mandi Bierly
November 28, 2011 AT 06:41 PM EST

The trailer for Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, conveys her soft touch on a heavy subject — the romance between a Christian Serb soldier and a Muslim woman in war-torn Bosnia. The new poster, pictured, is equally intriguing. The blood spatter suggests graphic violence, but when you notice the shapes of stars Zana Marjanović and Goran Kostić, it reaffirms both that her story is about relationships and that she is a writer/director who appreciates subtlety.

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