Angelina Jolie Cuts Bosnia Shoot After Facing Criticism From Locals
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Angelina Jolie has cut short the shooting of her first movie in Bosnia, her producer said, after rumors that it portrayed a relationship between a rapist and his victim sparked protests from women assaulted during the Bosnian War.
Jolie had originally planned to shoot scenes for her movie for about ten days in Bosnia, but now her crew will film the scenes in just three or four days, said Edin Sarkic, Jolie's Bosnian producer. Jolie herself will only briefly visit the set, he said.
The change of plans came after rumors surrounding the movie's storyline angered an association of women raped during the war in Bosnia who heard the film was about a rape victim falling in love with her rapist. They pressured city officials to withdraw Jolie's filming permit in October.
The rumors proved to be untrue, but still cast a shadow on the project.
Jolie's permit was reissued three days later, but Sarkic said she decided to film some of the scenes originally planned for Bosnia in Hungary instead.
Jolie has exchanged letters with the women's association and has said she plans to meet with them when she arrives in Bosnia for her short visit.
The actress said she has great respect for the work of the women's association and would "like the opportunity to speak with them to personally clear up any misunderstandings about this project."
Jolie's movie is about a Serb man and Bosnian Muslim woman who fall in love and get separated during the war.
Mass rape was a taboo topic in the immediate aftermath of the country's 1992-95 war between Serb and Bosnian Muslim forces but since then victims have formed a group to campaign for their rights, which has become one of the country's most powerful lobbies.
- Associated Press contributed to this report.