The “Salt” beauty posed alongside her man while also being joined by Bosnian actors Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Vanessa Glodjo and Croatian actor Rade Serbedzija at the Zetra Olympic center venue.
Angelina Jolie on Tuesday premiered her film “In the Land of Blood and Honey” in Bosnia, where the fictional tale of a romance between a Bosnian Serb man and a Bosnian Muslim woman has shone a spotlight on the ethnic anger still left over from the country’s brutal conflict.
Jolie, who arrived in Sarajevo with partner Brad Pitt to attend the screening, greeted the crowd of 5,000 in Bosnian, before acknowledging in English that it would bring back painful memories of the bloody 1992-95 war. As the film ended to a standing ovation, Jolie tearfully said, “To share this with you means the world to me.”
At an earlier press conference, Jolie said the movie was “heavy” but that she was happy with it because it shows what horrors can occur in the absence of a timely intervention.
She said she hoped the film could serve as a “wake-up call” for the international community to pay more attention to atrocities and act to prevent them – including in Syria.
“I am satisfied with what we made, I feel very strongly about it and I believe that its core issue – which is the need for intervention and need for the world to care about atrocities when they are happening – is very, very timely and especially with things that are happening in Syria today,” she said.
The film, which has already been released in the U.S. follows what happens when the man becomes an army officer and the woman is held in a military prison camp where rape occurs. Some Serbs have accused the film of demonizing them.
“I think it is very important that this film is out at this time and … if this film points the finger at anybody it is the international community,” she said.
The distributor in the Serb part of Bosnia said he won’t show it there because it portrays Serbs as the villains and they wouldn’t put up with that.
“There is simply no interest for this movie here, so I can’t sell any tickets,” Vladimir Ljevar told The Associated Press. “The fact that the Serbs are the bad guys in it is the reason why there is no interest. The film is lousy. I watched it. It has had bad reviews. It is unprofitable.”
But Jolie rejected the claim that her film was anti-Serb.
“I understand that it’s sensitive,” she said. “But I also know that the Serbian people are intelligent and open-minded people. They will know the difference between what’s been forced upon them and what they feel in their own hearts.”
She said that “although it’s difficult, I hope that they see intention behind it.”
Jolie noted she worked on the plot with people from both sides of the conflict.
“We were trying to find humanity on all sides and yet we were addressing the horrors of something that we felt we must show in a horrific way,” Jolie said. “That is not an easy balance to find in such a sensitive subject matter, so we did our best; that was very hard, the politics of this region are very complicated.”
Thousands of women were raped during Bosnia’s war, which also included the notorious Srebrenica massacre in July 1995 and the 44-month siege of the capital, Sarajevo. Most of the rape victims were Muslim Bosniak women, often the target of mass rape used as a weapon of terror.
Many of the victims were raped repeatedly. Some were brought back to their homes and dumped in front of their husbands. Other women were violated in their husbands’ presence as part of a shock campaign.
Defying the unofficial censorship in the Serb part of the country, Ana Vidovic, a Bosnian Serb woman from Prijedor organized a private screening in her home Saturday after she got approval from Jolie.
She told local media she was annoyed by claims there is no interest in the movie among Bosnian Serbs. “I am the public and as far as I remember, nobody asked me,” she said.
Jolie said Vidovic’s gesture meant very much to her team, so she wrote her a letter and approved the screening.
“We will do that for anyone who wants to have a private screening. And we hope that we encourage the people to see it somehow,” Jolie said.
A group of Muslim Bosniaks who now have returned to their homes in the Serb part of the country say they are interested in seeing Jolie’s movie and plan to organize private screenings.
Jolie said she made this film because “I just felt that this subject was important and I was really moved by it.”
She said she may direct again.
“If I can find something that means as much to me, I will try, but if this is the only thing I ever directed, I would be very happy.”
The trip comes as the “Salt” actress is set to attend the debut screening of her movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey” about the war in Bosnia.
She and her “Fight Club” partner will be attending a press conference while screening the movie in Zetra Olympic center on the Valentine’s Day holiday.
And while 5,000 people are expected at the debut in Sarajevo, it’s being told that Serbs want no part of the film – with Vladimir Ljevar telling The Associated Press, “There is simply no interest for this movie here, so I can’t sell any tickets.”
The sole film distributor added, “The fact that the Serbs are the bad guys in it is the reason why there is no interest. The film is lousy. I watched it. It has had bad reviews. It is unprofitable.”
Angelina Jolie said Monday she hopes her directorial debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey” will provoke a wider discussion about rape — something that the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor said could be extremely valuable in helping bring perpetrators to justice.
Jolie, who received a Cinema for Peace award for her film and the group’s “honorary award for opposing war and genocide” for the movie focusing on the war in Bosnia late Monday, said she wants viewers to be “uncomfortable” when they see the film.
Jolie’s writing-directing debut hurls two lovers, a Bosnian Muslim woman and a Bosnian-Serb man, from their tender relationship before the war into the horrors of prison camps where rapes occurred.
“I believe these strong issues deserve to be presented in a very strong direct light,” Jolie, who was in Berlin for the Berlin International Film Festival, told a small group of reporters.
“It’s a strange thing to say as a director and a filmmaker, but I want people to be very uncomfortable when they watch it, and they should be upset and they should want some intervention, and they should want it to stop and they should be angry.”
The film has already provoked the ire, but of a different kind, of the sole film distributor in the Serb-run part of Bosnia, Vladimir Ljevak, who questioned its portrayal of the Serb side of the conflict and said he would not be screening it there. Still, a small group of Muslim Bosniaks who have returned to their homes in the Serb part of the country say they instead plan to organize private showings.
Jolie appeared in good spirits as she was about to receive the awards for her film. “It’s a very important night for us,” the actress said. Jolie was joined on the carpet by partner Brad Pitt, who said he was proud of her that evening, “and every night.”
French director Luc Besson, in turn, received the group’s International Human Rights Film Award for his film “The Lady,” which portrays Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle against the Southeast Asian country’ military rule.
The Bosnian war in the early 1990s was the first time that rape was treated as a crime against humanity, and the International Criminal Court’s Luis Moreno-Ocampo said that since then it has remained a major problem in conflict regions — but that slowly the court is finding more victims willing to come forward and tell their stories to aid in prosecutions.
Still, Moreno-Ocampo said it is difficult to convey the message to the victims that they are not alone, and that a movie like Jolie’s can help reach a wide audience.
“Things are changing, but we have to include in this dialogue normal people, and normal people do not read judicial positions — they go to see movies,” he said.
“The movie can present a deeper picture of the problem. That’s why I believe the Angelina Jolie movie is not just about the Bosnian-Serb conflict, it’s an example of what happens around the world — just change the name of the country, it’s the same — and we don’t talk about that and she showed that very clearly, beautifully and painfully.”
Jolie said that she was not sure whether she would follow “In the Land of Blood and Honey” with such a serious film again, but did say she has already written a script focusing on the conflict in Afghanistan, a country she said she had visited several times.
For now, however, it’s staying under wraps, even from her partner, Pitt.
“I did write something on Afghanistan — nobody’s seen it yet, Brad hasn’t seen it, it’s hidden — so I don’t know how very good it is, but it’s been a pleasure to write,” she said.
The “Mr and Mrs Smith” co-stars looked stunning on the red carpet with Jolie in a form flattering floor-length Ralph & Russo dress while Brad opted for the traditional black and white tuxedo.
Earlier in the day, Ms Jolie offered up some information about her plan to write a new piece about the conflict in Afghanistan.
“I did write something on Afghanistan. Nobody’s seen it yet,” she told and then added, “Brad hasn’t seen it. It’s hidden. So I don’t know how very good it is, but it’s been a pleasure to write.”
He’s among the prestigious contenders vying for a golden statuette this year, and Brad Pitt joined his fellow Oscar hopefuls at the 84th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon on Monday afternoon (February 6).
Looking suave in a grey designer suit with a white buttondown shirt, the 48-year-old Best Actor nominee posed in the arrivals area while invited to the exclusive thanks to landing a Best Actor bid for his work in the baseball-based film “Moneyball”.
The appearance comes after Pitt made a TV appearance on CBS This Morning earlier in the day, during which he told co-host Charlie Rose of his actress partner Angelina Jolie, “She’s still a bad girl. Delightfully so. It’s not for public consumption.”
The 48-year-old also spoke about he and Ang’s brood of children being used to the abundant amount of traveling, as he explained, “They’re quite used to a bit of jetlag and moving to a new location, as long as we’re together. So the home’s always intact. They’ve got to pack their own bags, and they’re responsible if they leave their chargers behind, and so on and so forth.”
Teaming up for some press duties, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill were spotted at Rockefeller Center in New York City this morning (February 1).
The “Fight Club” stud and the “Get Him to the Greek” star sat down with Ann Curry on the “Today” show to talk about the Oscar buzz surrounding their film “Moneyball.”
As for how he found out he was an Oscar nominee, Jonah explained, “I was just watching TV and it said it on TV and i just freaked out and started running around. And then i immediately started speaking to these guys and everyone involved with the movie and my family… No matter what it means to me, it means so much more to my parents and my family more than it will ever mean to me. They’re just so thrilled.”
Meanwhile Pitt shared that he stubbornly held onto the film through many different transitions because he believed in its message. “It was this great idea about values and how we value ourselves, how we determine our own self-worth and the worth of others, and that the value system may be askew.”
Mingling with his faithful following, Brad Pitt was spotted at Pace University in New York City last night (January 31).
The “Curious Case of Benjamin Button” hunk signed autographs and posed for pictures as he made his way through the mob.
In a recent interview, Brad confessed that he and his partner Angelina Jolie sometimes give their massive brood of youngsters CocaCola for breakfast to get them going in the morning.
“Listen, I admit there’s times like, ‘We gotta get up. Get up! Here’s your shoes. Here’s your shoes. Drink this coke. Drink this Coca Cola. Drink it all. Right now! Drink it! Drink it!’ Just so we could get ‘em up and going.”
The 48-year-old, who is in the running for a Best Actor Oscar for his work in “Moneyball,” offered up an in-depth interview about everything from his knee injury to family life and getting past his depressed, pot smoking-filled days.
On his knee injury:
“I think George went down the line, making things up. I was just walking in our backyard, on a hill, carrying my daughter, and I slipped — and it was those parental instincts: me or her. And she’s fine.”
On getting through depression and heavy pot use:
“I got really sick of myself at the end of the 1990s: I was hiding out from the celebrity thing; I was smoking way too much dope; I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut; and I really got irritated with myself. I got to: ‘What’s the point? I know better than this.’ I used to deal with depression, but I don’t now, not this decade — maybe last decade. But that’s also figuring out who you are. I see it as a great education, as one of the seasons or a semester: ‘This semester I was majoring in depression.’ I was doing the same thing every night and numbing myself to sleep — the same routine: Couldn’t wait to get home and hide out. But that feeling of unease was growing and one night I just said, ‘This is a waste.’
On the possibility of getting married to partner Angelina Jolie:
“We’d actually like to, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”
On whether family expansion is in the future:
“We haven’t closed the book on it. There’s a really nice balance in the house right now, but if we see the need and get that lightning bolt that says, ‘We can help this person; we could do something here,’ then absolutely.”
Brazilian businessman José Victor Oliva said the journalist Leonardo Ferreira (Extra Journal) , who is in negotiations with the agent of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to bring them to Brazil to participate in the carnival.
It is believed that this is fabricated news, because the couple never appeared to know the country and much less during a tumultuous popular festival, which takes place just days before the Oscar ceremony.