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Angelina Jolie's 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey' To Have A Low-Key Opening In Serbia

Angelina Jolie

02/17/12 03:59 PM ET  AP

BELGRADE, Serbia — The distributor in Serbia of Angelina Jolie's directorial debut – a love story set in the Bosnian war – said Friday the movie will start showing here next week, but without the red-carpet premiere it had in Bosnia.

Zoran Savic of Millennium Film said "the movie will be shown normally, so whoever wants to see it will have a chance to do so."

Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey" has triggered outrage among Serbs, who claim it depicts them as the only villains of the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

The drama about a Serb soldier who finds his ex-lover, a Muslim Bosnian woman, among sex slaves in a camp, received a standing ovation at the Sarajevo screening Tuesday.

Later Friday, Jolie attended the premiere of her movie in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. Hundreds of fans greeted Jolie before the screening, which was attended by President Ivo Josipovic. Croatia was also devastated by the war in the early 1990s that erupted after the former Yugoslavia broke up. Tens of thousands of people were killed in the former Yugoslavia bloodshed, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless.

"The topic of this movie is familiar to the people in Croatia, so I hope they will accept it," the Croatian state television quoted Jolie as saying. "I do not worry about negative reactions from Serbia. I believe they mostly reflect the political situation."

Check out some photos of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
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    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend 'In the Land Of Blood And Honey' Pairs premiere on February 16, 2012 in Paris, France.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    US actress and director Angelina Jolie (L) and her partner US actor Brad Pitt pose on the red carpet to attend the premiere of her film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' (Au pays du sang et du miel) on February 16, 2012 in Paris. Jolie present her first movie as director, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' , a film about the women's situation during the Bosnian war.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    US actress and director Angelina Jolie and her partner US actor Brad Pitt pose on the red carpet prior to the premiere of her film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' (Au pays du sang et du miel) on February 16, 2012 in Paris. Jolie present her first movie as director, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' , a film about the women's situation during the Bosnian war.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    US actress and director Angelina Jolie and her partner US actor Brad Pitt pose on the red carpet to attend the premiere of her film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' (Au pays du sang et du miel) on February 16, 2012 in Paris. Jolie present her first movie as director, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' , a film about the women's situation during the Bosnian war.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the Cinema for Peace Gala ceremony at the Konzerthaus Am Gendarmenmarkt during day five of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 13, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Cinema for Peace Gala at the Konzerthaus Am Gendarmenmarkt during day five of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 13, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    US actress Angelina Jolie and US actor Brad Pitt wave to fans as they arrive for the 'Cinema for Peace' gala taking place on the sidelines of the Berlinale film festival on February 13, 2012 in Berlin. Since 2002 Cinema for Peace has been a worldwide initiative, promoting humanity through film while inviting members of the international film community to attend the annual Cinema for Peace Award-Gala-Night during the Berlin International Film Festival.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Us actress and director Angela Jolie (L) and US actor Brad Pitt pose for photographers at the premiere of the film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' on February 11, 2012 in Berlin. The 62nd Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year, kicked off on February 9, 2012, with 23 productions screening in the main showcase.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Brad Pitt and director Angelina Jolie attend the 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey' Premiere during day three of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele on February 11, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    US actress and director Angelina Jolie (R) and US actor Brad Pitt pose for photographers at the premiere of the film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' on February 11, 2012 in Berlin. The 62nd Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year, kicked off on February 9, 2012, with 23 productions screening in the main showcase.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Actor Brad Pitt (L) and actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive to the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on January 29, 2012.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Actress Angelina Jolie (L) and actor Brad Pitt attend the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Actress Angelina Jolie (L) and actor Brad Pitt arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt pose on the red carpet for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, January 15, 2012.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the 2011 New York Film Critics Circle awards at Crimson on January 9, 2012 in New York City.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 7, 2012 in Palm Springs, California.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Actor Brad Pitt (L) and Writer/Director Angelina Jolie arrive at the 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' premiere held at ArcLight Cinemas on December 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

    Director/actor Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt pose for a photo during the premiere of 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' at the School of Visual Arts on December 5, 2011 in New York City.


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