Jolie admits her Bosnian war movie will be hard for some
Angelina Jolie was accompanied by partner Brad Pitt at the New York premiere of her directorial debut 'In the Land of Blood and Honey'.
Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War, the film tells the love story of a Serbian soldier and a Bosnian woman held captive in a camp that he oversees.
Jolie revealed that the film, which is her directorial debut, could be hard to watch for some viewers because of the subject matter.
"It's a very hard conflict to understand and region to completely understand. And I think it's very hard to watch intentionally.
"It hopefully has enough of a dramatic sense to it where it's a film and you want to watch it and you enjoy the characters and you understand the characters and that brings you through. But it's brutal, it shows brutality and we hope it gives people an authentic feel to be inside of something that is uncomfortable," Jolie said.
During shooting, inaccuracies about the plot of the movie caused protests from the Bosnian Women Victims of War association and forced Jolie's filming permit to be revoked.
It was falsely reported that the film was about a Bosnian woman falling in love with her Serbian rapist. It wasn't until the actress presented her script to Bosnia's culture ministry that her permit was reinstated, and filming concluded.
The cast of the film is made up of local actors, something Jolie did intentionally to ensure she told an accurate story. She said working with the local actors was a true learning experience.
"They're all actors and they are actors in a very different way from any actor I've ever met. They give everything they've got because they survived war and they have a depth of emotion that is so beyond anything I can understand and they are so full of life and passion because of it. So I think they are some of the greatest artist around today," Jolie explained.
The film is scheduled for release in the United States on Dec 23.