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Angelina Jolie blocked from filming her debut in Sarajevo

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut has hit a snag.

Bosnia’s culture minister, Gavrilo Grahovac, reportedly has blocked the A-list actress from filming in Sarajevo because a screenplay wasn’t attached to the permit application, according to the BBC. The story goes on to say that an association of Bosnian War female victims “objected” to the as-yet-untitled drama over its “alleged content.”

Jolie’s film, which she reportedly penned, looks at the way the war affects a young couple who is falling in love. She recently added Bosnian actress Zana Marjanovic for the lead role, and currently is filming in Hungary.

But the Women Victims of War association reportedly claimed that the movie could be responsible for “misleading history,” and when they voiced their complaints to Grahovac, he ultimately decided to cancel Jolie’s permits.

“They no longer have the authorization to shoot in Bosnia,” Grahovac said in a radio interview. “They will have it if they send us the scenario with a story which will be different from what we have been told by people who read it.”

Will Jolie rewrite? Or will she film elsewhere? We’ll bring you more details as they develop.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • October 14, 2010 | Permalink |

    Bosnia & Herzegovina doesn’t have a culture minister. There is no such position. Mr Grahovac is only one of the culture ministers, on entity elevel. Other guy, culture minister of Canton Sarajevo, that is actually in charge, is supporting this production. His decision will prevail

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