Angelina Jolie Hailed 'Genius' by Salma Hayek Following 'Without Blood' Collaboration

The 'Maleficent' actress is praised as 'the best director' Salma Hayek has ever worked with after the two collaborated on a big-screen adaptation of Alessandro Baricco's novel.

AceShowbiz - Salma Hayek called Angelina Jolie "the best director" she has ever worked with. Recently collaborating with the "Maleficent" star on "Without Blood", an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Alessandro Baricco, which Angelina directs and Salma stars in, Salma was "blown away" by the filmmaker's kindness.

"Angelina is the best director I've ever worked with," She told Deadline. "I absolutely loved working with her; enjoyed every second of it. It's a tough piece but it was so delicious to come to work every single day. She is a genius and I think this might be her best movie yet. She did an amazing job, really."

"I was completely blown away by her mind, her dedication, her technical knowledge, and her control of every aspect, as well as her vision which is so clear. She is so good with the actors, so passionate, and so focused. But most of all, I was blown away by her kindness to every single person on the set. I talked about this with my co-star Demian Bichir and we were saying, 'Wow, she's really something.' "

"Without Blood" - Angelina's fifth feature film as a director - tells the story of the assassination of a man and his family, during which only his four-year-old daughter, Nina, survives, thanks to an extraordinary act of mercy from one of the attackers. Years later she sets about trying to track down her family's murderers, and reunites with the man who saved her.

The movie is part of Angelina's new agreement with TV giant Fremantle and Jennifer Mullin, Global CEO at Freemantle, previously said, "We are excited to work with [Jolie] and the incredible international team she has assembled."

"This project underlines Fremantle's ongoing commitment to producing high-quality feature films and original dramas working with the very best talent from across the globe."

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