February 11, 2012

Interview with Angelina Jolie: I am nervous about debut film premiere in Bosnia

Berlin: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie says she is nervous and excited about the upcoming premiere in Sarajevo of her Bosnian war movie "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

The film, which which is showing at the Berlin International Film Festival today, is set to make its debut in the Bosnian capital on February 14, though it already has been shown to some groups there.

Already released in the US, Jolie's directorial debut is a drama about a Serb soldier who finds his ex-lover, a Muslim Bosnian woman, among sex slaves in a camp.

"I'm nervous and I'm excited. I'll be very, very moved because, of course, a lot of the people coming are the victims of war so it's going to be heavy," Jolie said.

The 36-year-old actress also said that it didn't take much for her to be driven while directing the film, noting that her cast lived through the 1992-95 war in Bosnia.

She added that actress Vanesa Glodjo crossed Sarajevo's "Sniper Alley",  named after the heavy fire by sharpshooters that made it notoriously dangerous, daily to get to her theater school.

"Art meant that much to her that she risked her life every day. The privilege you feel to have the opportunity to work with such a dedicated and such an extraordinary human being made it all ... Just wonderful," she said.

Jolie's film is showing outside the main competition at the Berlin festival.