UPDATE (1:29 p.m. PST): Angelina Jolie and GK Films have responded to the permit/political scandal surrounding their new film, which marks the feature directorial debut of Jolie.
Pic, having already been repudiated by Bosnia’s Women Victims of War group last week for being ‘historically misleading,’ was denied a shooting permit earlier today by the country’s culture ministry for failing to submit a script with the permit application, as required by law.
The untitled movie tells the story of a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet and fall in love on the eve of the Bosnian war. Jolie does not appear in the film.
Here are their statements:
“Obviously any dramatic interpretation will always fail those who have had a real experience. This is not a documentary. There are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters and that will be revealed once the film is released. My hope is that people will hold judgment until they have seen the film. ” —Angelina Jolie
“As a purely technical matter, we are obliged to reapply for the permit to shoot Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut with the appropriate government offices in Sarajevo now that the final script is available.
The stories about the film which have recently been circulated are incorrect. The dedication and commitment of the cast and crew from all over the former Yugoslavia demonstrates the integrity of this project.” — GK Films
12:29 p.m. :
The Bosnian government has poured some salt on Angelina’s directorial debut.
Financed by GK Films, the untitled love story was set to shoot later this month in Sarajevo but government officials in Bosnia have revoked the film’s shooting permit.
Gavrilo Grahovac, culture minister of Bosnia, claims that no screenplay was attached to the original application, as required by law.
“They will have (permit) if they send us the scenario with a story,” Gragovac said in a radio interview.
According to the BBC, a script has been sent to the culture ministry.
The untitled pic, which Jolie doesn’t appear in, tells the story of a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet on the eve of war and the effect the conflict has on their relationship. Bosnian actress Zana Marjonovic stars in the film.
Last week, the pic came under fire from an org called Women Victims of War, who claim the film is guilty of historical inaccuracies.
Jolie reportedly met with the group to address their concern.
Produced by Graham King, Tim Headington and Jolie, the Bosnian pic is currently shooting in Budapest, Hungary.