Actress Angelina Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt attended the “In the Land of Blood and Honey” screening at Zetra Olympic center last night in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Angelina got a warm welcome from the audience and added, “I am happy to be here. I love Bosnia, I love you.”
I think Angelina looks great, and Brad looks even better.
Here’s a bit of what went down during her trip to Bosnia via Celebitchy:
According to this report at the Washington Post (read the full piece here), Angelina greeted the 5,000-strong crowd with a few words in Bosnian, then she gave a little speech in English. After the film, she got a standing ovation, which made her cry, and she said, “To share this with you means the world to me.”
At a press conference earlier in the day (in Sarajevo), Angelina talked about the need for a “wake up call” for the international community to pay attention to war crimes and atrocities in real time. She made some pointed comments about the situation in Syria too – “I am satisfied with what we made, I feel very strongly about it and I believe that its core issue — which is the need for intervention and need for the world to care about atrocities when they are happening — is very, very timely and especially with things that are happening in Syria today.” Wait… so she’s saying that we need to get involved in Syria? I mean… I understand the humanitarian argument, sure. But there’s so much more at play in Syria than encouraging America to get on a white horse and “save the day.” Will the proponents of force say that we’ll be greeted as liberators? Again? Angelina has the heart of a neo-conservative, I swear.
She also addressed concerns by the Serb community that they are being portrayed as “the bad guys” in the film: “I think it is very important that this film is out at this time and … if this film points the finger at anybody it is the international community. I understand that it’s sensitive. But I also know that the Serbian people are intelligent and open-minded people. They will know the difference between what’s been forced upon them and what they feel in their own hearts… although it’s difficult, I hope that they see intention behind it.” In a rare move, Angelina is also arranging “private screenings” for Serbs who are interested in seeing the film – she will even send the film to someone’s home, if they are interested.