Jolie's Bosnia film permit revoked
A Bosnian minister has cancelled a permit for Angelina Jolie to shoot her debut film as a director in Bosnia, saying he doesn't have the correct documentation.
Culture Minister Gavrilo Grahovac said he revoked the permit because no script was attached to the request to film.
But he also expressed concern about the content of the film, saying he had heard conflicting reports in Bosnia about the story line and his minister must now vet the script.
Producer Scout Films said Wednesday it had sent a script and hastened to reassure Bosnian officials that the film does not meddle in politics.
Jolie, who wrote the script, is currently shooting the romance in Budapest, Hungary.
But media reports in Bosnia that the film is about a relationship between a Serb soldier and a Muslim woman has upset an association of female victims of war.
"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.
Hasecic urged authorities to ban shooting of the film in Bosnia because the story "distorts the truth about what that woman has suffered in a detention camp." Many Bosnian Muslim women were raped in the camps during the 1992-1995 war.
Jolie sent a letter to the women's group through the UNHCR, where she is a goodwill ambassador, urging them not to judge before they see the film. She has offered to meet with them in Sarajevo to talk about the film.
Scout Film executive producer Edin Sarkic said he hopes to get Bosnian approval for the film now that the script has been submitted.