Jolie to make directing debut in Bosnian movie romance

Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:13pm EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Angelina Jolie will direct her first feature film about a Serbian man and Bosnian woman who meet on the eve of the 1992-95 Bosnian war, the movie's production company has confirmed.

The romantic drama, which was first announced when the 35-year-old star visited Sarajevo at the weekend, will be based on her own screenplay and will be acted solely by people from the region, GK Films said on its website.

Jolie will also produce the film alongside GK Films' British producer Graham King and his business partner Tim Headington.

Jolie arrived in Sarajevo last Friday for a surprise visit and on Saturday met members of Bosnia's inter-ethnic presidency to discuss ways to help thousands of returning war refugees.

The Oscar-winning actress visited returnees in eastern Bosnia in April with her partner Brad Pitt and promised then to come back.

"The film is a love story, not a political statement," Jolie said in a weekend statement from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), for whom she is a goodwill ambassador.

Jolie, King and Headington most recently collaborated on the upcoming film "The Tourist" starring Jolie and Johnny Depp which will be released in December.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White; editing by Jill Serjeant)

 
<p>U.S. actress Angelina Jolie (L) speaks with Haris Silajdzic, a Muslim member of the Tripartite Bosnian Presidency, during her visit to Sarajevo August 21, 2010. Office/Handout</p>