First They Killed My Father director Angelina Jolie is, first and foremost, a mother. So naturally she brought along all six children to the film's official premiere in New York City this week. Jolie has made the film's final promotional push a family affair, bringing Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt along to both the Toronto International Film Festival, and now the NYC premiere.
Which makes sense, considering Jolie made the Cambodian civil war-themed film so that her oldest son Maddox could feel more connected to the country of his birth (the 16-year-old has an executive producer credit on the film).
The family has also been frequently joined on the carpet by Jolie's close friend Loung Ung (whose memoir of the same name is the basis of the film), and the film's child actors Kompheak Phorung and Sareum Srey Moch.
It also makes sense Jolie would be in a celebratory mood. The film is her most critically-adored to date as a director. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a solid 86 percent freshness rating. New York Times critic Ben Kenigsberg calls it "an engrossing, dynamically shot movie that moves with real fluidity and complexity."
The film will open in select cinemas this weekend, but the good news for those curious about the effort is that it is also now streaming on Netflix as of today as well (catch the trailer here). Which means it might not only be Jolie's most critically adored accomplishment as a director, but her most widely seen as well (though she says she will return to work in front of the camera very soon).
Though, undoubtedly the promotional tour for the film has been difficult coming a year after news of her seperation from Brad Pitt became public.
"None of it’s easy," she recently told the Times. "It’s very, very difficult, a very painful situation, and I just want my family healthy."
In a Vanity Fair cover story last month, she also spoke of putting motherhood first.
“I’m just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house," she says. "That’s my passion. At the request of my kids, I’m taking cooking classes. As I go to sleep at night, I think, 'Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?'”
In this appearance, and those during the Toronto festival, it certainly looks like she's doing a great job.
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