Angelina Jolie’s Balkans War Film Debut Draws 12 Viewers, Some Walk Out

Angelina Jolie on location

US actress Angelina Jolie (L) walks with some crew members of the film called 'Untitled Bosnian War Love Story'

Just 12 people turned out for the Serbian premiere of Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut and some moviegoers walked out before the movie’s end.
Contrary to widespread rumors, In the Land of Blood and Honey was not banned in Serbia but the reception it got was a far cry from the 5000 people who cheered Jolie at a gala in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, last week.
The love story, set in the Bosnian war, was shot in 2010 with actors from the former Yugoslavia.
It tells the story of a Muslim woman and a Serbian man who have a fling before the war and meet again when she has been taken prisoner by a Bosnian Serb army unit commanded by her former lover.
Serbs however have reacted angrily, arguing the film portrays them only as villains.
Out of 12 viewers in Belgrade yesterday, “several people walked out before the end” of the screening, the Serbian news website Mondo reported.
Quoted in a local newspaper, Belgrade Film Academy member Mirko Beokovic said Jolie’s film was biased because it “shows (Bosnian) Muslims as civilised people and Serbs as savage peasants.”
The 1992-95 Bosnian war claimed some 100,000 lives. Some 20,000 women were raped during the conflict.
In the Land of Blood and Honey  was nominated for the Best Foreign Language film at the 69th Golden Globe Awards.



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One comment

  1. Bosnian Genocide

    Serbs were villains, so there was no bad portrayal. Serbs were Nazis, they should always be portrayed as such, because they were main aggressors.

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