Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Serbs not interested in Jolie movie

Published 24/02/2012 | 12:32

Angelina Jolie made her directorial debut with In The Land Of Blood And Honey
Angelina Jolie made her directorial debut with In The Land Of Blood And Honey

Angelina Jolie's film In The Land Of Blood And Honey has got off to a slow start in Serbia.

The Hollywood star's directorial debut - a love story set during the Bosnian war - has triggered mixed emotions in the postwar Balkans, and only a handful of people have shown up for the movie's opening screenings in Serbia.

The drama about a Serb soldier who finds his ex-lover, a Muslim woman, among sex slaves in a camp had received a standing ovation in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, but sparked outrage among Serbs, who claim it depicts them as the only villains of the 1992-95 war.

Serbian newspaper reports on Friday described the film's opening as a "fiasco". Only 12 people attended the earliest screening in a movie theatre in central Belgrade, some of whom left before the end, reports said.

"More police were there than viewers," a cinema employee said.

Nationalist Press daily said only five people turned up for a "ghostly empty" screening in another cinema - "more than the movie deserves," it said.

In stark contrast to Serbia, thousands have so far seen Angelina's movie in both Croatia and Bosnia. In both countries, the actress attended red carpet premieres along with top dignitaries.

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