Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Jolie: Directing restored my faith

Angelina Jolie cancelled an appearance in Belgrade promoting her film

Angelina Jolie says working as a director has rekindled her love for film.

The Hollywood star - whose new film In The Land Of Blood And Honey portrays the horrors of the war in Bosnia - revealed she was starting to feel "disheartened" and uninspired by her acting roles.

Angelina said: "This film has taught me to love film again because I see what film can do and I see and I am re-inspired because I was not feeling very inspired as an actress. I was feeling very disheartened."

She added: "We must remember to use this medium in a responsible way when we can. I see the value of entertainment. I have been a part of it and I continue to be a part of it. My next project is a Disney movie, you know, but I think we cannot just have that."

Angelina attended a premiere in Sarajevo where she admitted she was very nervous about showing the film.

"Brad and I sat together and he held my hand and I just took a deep breath and cried," she said.

When 5,000 people gave her a standing ovation afterwards, a tearful Angelina told them it "meant the world" to her.

But the film has angered some Serbians, unhappy with the portrayal of the war. Angelina has cancelled plans to attend a screening of her film in Belgrade and revealed she and several Serbian members of the cast had received threats.

She told The Guardian: "There were things sent to me, there were things posted online.

"One of [the cast] did have their windows smashed in on their cars and someone else had an issue when their phone was hacked and emails were sent out saying they were from them and saying they had been hurt."

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