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20 April 2024

Jolie, Pitt to visit Croatia, Bosnia to release her movie

Actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie pose as they arrive at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California. (REUTERS)


Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt will visit Croatia and Bosnia this month for the launch of her directorial debut, a Bosnian wartime love story, a distributor said Wednesday.

The movie "In the Land of Blood and Honey" will have its official debut in Sarajevo on February 14 and in the Croatian capital Zagreb three days later, the local distributor, Blitz Film, said in a statement.

The film has already had a preview screening in Bosnia in late December, as a number of victims' organisations in Bosnia had expressed concern that the film would not correctly present their plight.

Most of them eventually hailed the movie as objective and sincere.

The film tells the story of a Muslim woman and a Serb man who have a fling before Bosnia's 1992-1995 war only to meet again when the woman is the prisoner of a unit of the Bosnian Serb army commanded by her former lover.

While at first he is able to protect her, once he is transferred away she suffers abuse and rape at the hands of the soldiers.

Bosnia's 1992-1995 war, between its Croats, Muslims and Serbs, claimed some 100,000 lives.

Tens of thousands of people were held in prison camps, where torture and abuse were commonplace. Some 20,000 women were raped during the conflict, according to the government's estimates.

The international premiere of Jolie's directorial debut, filmed in 2010 with a number of actors from the former Yugoslavia, took place on December 5 in New York and it will go on general release in Europe in early February.