Sunday, October 17, 2010

Jolie to get back film licence

SARAJEVO - HOLLYWOOD star Angelina Jolie is expected to get a new licence to film in Bosnia after the authorities revoked the initial one over concerns about the script, a local producer said on Saturday.

'I was promissed by the Ministry of Culture that the licence will be issued on Monday,' Edin Sarkic told AFP, adding that he was about to restart preparations for the shooting. 'I will then have twenty days to set up a score of locations and I think it is doable,' he added.

Jolie has already begun the shooting in Hungary of her first movie as a director: a love story between a Serb man and Muslim girl at the beginning of Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.

The Ministry of Culture of the Muslim-Croat Federation, one of Bosnia's two post-war entities, on Wednesday cancelled the licence to Jolie for filming scenes in Sarajevo and the central town of Zenica in November.

The approval was revoked when the Women Victims of War association complained after media reports said the film would depict a love story between a Muslim victim and her Serb rapist. However, both Jolie and the producer claimed it was a misunderstanding and urged the authorities to reconsider the decision to revoke the licence.

The ministry demanded to be given the screenplay before delivering a new licence. Jolie has said that part of the reason to make the movie was to remind people of what happened during the war in Bosnia and to give attention to the survivors of the conflict that left some 100,000 people dead. -- AFP

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