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Complaints about nothing cost Bosnia, not Jolie

AngelinaJolie.jpgAngelina Jolie has cut short her filming in Bosnia and Herzegovina for her feature directorial début which was set to film for about ten days, taking the film set during the Bosnian war to the actual locations and bringing with it jobs and much funding.

However that's now been cut short to just three or four days because of the strength of protest about the film, a protest for something that apparently doesn't even happen in the film, and so now the production will head to Hungary and provide them with the jobs and income.

It seems a real shame from the country, especially when it's grown out of a complete misunderstanding.

The story was that the Women Victims of War Association heard the film was about a Bosnian woman falling in love with Serbian solder after he raped her during the war, something that Angelina Jolie was quick to refute and seems to have come from an incorrect article from one of the Hollywood trade sources which said:

...the film tells of a Serbian man and Bosnian woman who fall in love in the middle of the 1992-1995 war.

That clearly wasn't the case as we had heard one of the stars of the film Rade Serbedzija talking about the story well before any of this issue was raised and he said:

”When she was told why I had rejected her offer, Angelina contacted me by phone and asked me to read the scenario. The text is fantastic. It is a love story about a young Serb and a Muslim woman who fell in love several evenings before beginning of war in Bosnia. That’s how film begins. Then follows war madness...Their love becomes passionate but impossible.”

Before the war. There's nothing there about them falling in love after the soldier rapes her during the war, and we heard that Jolie was quick to put the record straight:

”There was a nasty rumor that it was about a relationship that started with a rape and torture — and it's not...

...It's a relationship that starts in the scene we're shooting today — in a club, before the war. The main characters begin with lovely, happy, beautiful singing and dancing. It's a normal relationship in that way, how it begins.”

However the Culture Minister of the country reacted without evidence and pulled the permit for the filming, reissuing it later when he saw the script and this was all proven wrong. It seems though the problem hasn't gone away.

The story from The Hollywood Reporter tells us that protests from the Women Victims of War Association may be the reason the filming has been cut short and is moving to Hungary, it seems that when the permit was pulled there wasn't any time to do anything but move as much of the production as possible to lessen the impact on the filming.

One good thing about it all is that some of the production is happening there and there will be some of the country in the film. This could help with tourism, but surely an open dialogue and not reacting to incorrect stories in the press could have alleviated all of this?



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