Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jolie's filming permit cancelled

SARAJEVO - A BOSNIAN minister cancelled on Wednesday a permit for Hollywood star Angelina Jolie to shoot parts of her debut feature film in Bosnia, citing incomplete paperwork.

The Oscar-winning actress has begun shooting the film in Budapest and her production company said it was a love story between a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet on the eve of the Bosnian war, which killed 100,000 people between 1992 and 1995. The filming should conclude in November in Bosnia.

Jolie has said the film would not meddle in politics, but an association of female victims from the Bosnian war has already objected to what it says are details of the plot. 'In the film, a victim is really falling in love with her torturer,' Bakira Hasecic, president of the Women Victims of War association, was quoted as saying in Wednesday's Oslobodjenje daily newspaper.

But Sarajevo-based producer Scout Film said the film's narrative had nothing to do with the group's accusation and said it was a love story. Jolie has offered to meet the women to reassure them about the movie's content.

Ms Hasecic urged authorities to ban the shooting of the film in Bosnia 'because of the script which offends a female war victim and distorts the truth about what that woman has suffered in a detention camp', according to the paper. It was not immediately clear whether Ms Hasecic had seen a copy of the script herself.

Gavrilo Grahovac, the outgoing culture and sports minister of Bosnia's Muslim-Croat federation, cancelled permission for the shooting. 'Since the request (for the shooting) is not in accordance with the law, it is incomplete and not accompanied by the necessary script, Minister Gavrilo Grahovac decided to annul the permit,' the ministry said in a statement. -- REUTERS

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