Jolie movie starts filming in Bosnia

SARAJEVO - Shooting for Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut started in Bosnia Wednesday after a ban triggered by controversy over the content of the movie was lifted.

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Published: Wed 17 Nov 2010, 6:34 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:34 AM

Local producer Edin Sarkic told AFP the shooting has started at a location in Sarajevo in the absence of Jolie who was expected in Bosnia at a later date.

According to daily Dnevni Avaz Jolie’s crew will film only panoramic views of the capital Sarajevo and some scenes in the central town of Vares.

Sarkic told national radio that the shooting was originally planned at 17 location in Bosnia but will now only be done in five places.

Jolie herself is still filming scenes for the movie, a love story between a Muslim woman and a Serb man set against the background of Bosnia’s bloody 1992-95 inter ethnic war, in Hungary, the local producer told AFP.

According to local media reports the shooting was to end on Sunday.

The Hollywood superstar started filming her first feature as a director in Hungary’s capital Budapest in early October.

According to a short synopsis of the film a young couple is separated as the war starts. When they see each other again the girl, a Muslim, is held in a detention camp where her former boyfriend is now a guard.

The movie caused controversy in Bosnia when local media reported rumours that the film was the story of a Muslim rape victim who falls in love with her Serb attacker.

Women victims’ associations complained about the reported content and in mid-October the Bosnian authorities suspended Jolie’s filming permit.

It was quickly reinstated after Jolie sent the authorities a copy of the script which her Bosnian production company says does not include any rape love story.

The actress-turned-director has said she wants to meet the women victims’ associations who complained about her film while she is shooting in Bosnia to clear up any misunderstandings.

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