Monday, December 12, 2011

Angelina Jolie hailed for Balkan war film debut

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has won praise for her directing debut - a powerful story of love amid the atrocities of the Bosnian war - from both film critics and victims' relatives.
The Hollywood 'A' lister is used to being feted for her performances in films ranging from Girl, Interrupted - which won her the best supporting actress Academy Award in 2000 - to the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movies.

But she has also been an ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees since 2001, and has drawn on that experience in the making of In the Land of Blood and Honey, due out in the United States later this month.
The movie tells the story of a Serb soldier who re-meets a former lover, a Bosnian woman now held captive in the camp he oversees during the dark days of the 1992-95 Bosnian war. 'It's very difficult to make me sit and see this for two hours, it's so hard to watch, so you can imagine living it for years, as many of our cast did,' she told reporters at a press screening in Hollywood on Thursday.

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