Angelina Jolie Shares First Look at New Film ‘Without Blood,’ Talks Working with Sons Pax & Maddox

Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek first look without blood

Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek first look without blood

Stefano C. Montesi

Angelina Jolie’s new movie is a family affair!

In the new issue of PEOPLE, the Oscar winner, 47, shared the first photos Without blood and talks about working with her sons Maddox, 21, and Pax, 18, who both took a job on the Italian set of the upcoming drama she directed.

“We work well together. When a film crew is the best, it feels like one big family, so it feels natural,” Jolie says of her boys. says about Both worked in the assistant director’s department, which acts as a liaison between the film’s director and other departments of the film.

Pax, who previously collaborated with his mom on her 2017 drama First they killed my fatherShooting stills for that film also focused on behind-the-scenes footage Without blood. “[He] Worked hard,” she adds.

Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek first look without blood

Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek first look without blood

Stefano C. Montesi

Salma Hayek and Damian Bichir star in the drama, which production company Fremantle describes as “an unforgettable story about the aftermath of an unpredictable conflict. [which] Explores universal truths about war, trauma, memory and healing.”

It is based on the 2002 novel by Alessandro Barrico. “The book had an impact on me because it has many other people,” Jolie adds. “It has important topics and questions to discuss.”

Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek first look without blood

Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek first look without blood

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Without blood Jolie’s fifth feature film to direct, and her first with Fremantle, who signed her to a three-year deal in March.

Jolie is thrilled about Hayek and Bichir’s characters, but promises that their performances are outstanding: “Salma and Damian are so authentic and brave in this film. I was a fan of their work. I knew they Will bring solid commitment and craft. film but honestly, both blew me away.”

Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek first look without blood

Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek first look without blood

Stefano C. Montesi

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Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek first look without blood

Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek first look without blood

Stefano C. Montesi

Jolie says her former costar Hayek is in the 2021 Marvel film eternal“So raw and so authentic. She’s charming.”

Hayek had similarly high praise for Jolie while speaking to PEOPLE earlier this summer. He called the filmmaker “probably the best director I’ve ever worked with.”

Hayek continued: “It was a difficult film to make. And then somehow, it was a joy to suffer so much [because]…She was shockingly good.”

related: Angelina Jolie holding hands with Zahara and Shiloh eternal Premiere in Rome

Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek first look without blood

Angelina Jolie Salma Hayek first look without blood

Stefano C. Montesi

Jolie’s four other children—Spelman College freshman Zahara, 17; Shiloh, 16; And 14-year-old twins Nax and Vivienne, whom she shares with ex-husband Brad Pitt, 58, didn’t work out. Without blood.

What makes her most proud of her growing children? “I’m proud that they’re all their own people,” she says. “Very different and yet a very close family that learns from each other.”

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