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Angelina Jolie's directorial debut clouded by controversy

Bosnia’s culture minister has revoked a permit for the Hollywood star to shoot scenes for her film after rumours the plot centres on a rapist and his victim.

Angelina Jolie walks in a scene during the shooting of Untitled Love Story on 14 October, 2010.
Angelina Jolie walks in a scene during the shooting of Untitled Love Story on 14 October, 2010.
Image: Bea Kallos/AP/Press Association Images

ANGELINA JOLIE HAS APPEALED for people to withold criticism of her directorial debut until they see the film.

Critics of the film project have suggested that it centres on a love story between a Serbian rapist and Muslim victim.

Bosnia’s culture minister Gavrilo Grahovac has revoked a permit allowing Jolie to film scenes in the country after complaints were raised.

The film, which is being made under the working title Untitled Love Story, is currently shooting in Hungary, but parts of it were due to be filmed in Bosnia next month, according to People magazine.

The story centres on a love story between a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet at the outbreak of the 1992 war in Bosnia, and follows their relationship through the conflict.

One of the film’s critics, Bakira Hasecic from the Association of Women, Victims of War, told AP she had not personally seen the script but “from what I heard, it is about a victim in a rape camp falling in love with her rapist, and that’s not only impossible but the idea is insulting.”

Jolie refuses to provide plot details, but one of her producers, Edin Sarkic, said that the rumour about the rapist/victim storyline is “insane”.

The actress has released a statement asking to be allowed to meet with the women’s support group personally to discuss the film project:

I have great respect for all the work of the WVW association … and I would like the opportunity to speak with them to personally clear up any misunderstandings about this project.

The film’s production company, GK Films, has said it is willing to re-apply for the necessary Bosnian permit “now that the final script is available”.

[caption id="attachment_35144" align="alignnone" width="511" caption="Bosnian actor Goran Kostic listens to the instructions of US actress Angelina Jolie during the shooting of Jolie's directorial debut, on 13 October, 2010. (AP Photo/MTI, Bea Kallos)"][/caption]

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