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November 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Unable to extinguish one of the most inflammatory controversies to hit the city of Sarajevo in Bosnia since the assassination of an Austrian archduke in that city plunged Europe into World War I, Angelina Jolie has canceled plans to film scenes for her new movie there. The thus-far-untitled film concerns a love affair between a Serbian man and a Bosnian Muslim woman who become separated during the bloody war that raged in the former Yugoslavian territories in the early 1990s. However, rumors spread that the film was about a Bosnian rape victim falling in love with the Serbian soldier who had raped her. The rumors initially resulted in filming permits being yanked, but Jolie’s representatives met with Bosnian officials, discussed the actual plot with them, and succeeded in having the permits reinstated. The original rumors, however, have persisted. Jolie’s film company — she is directing the movie — said Wednesday that all scenes in Bosnia will now be shot in just three or four days and that Jolie will make only a brief visit to the set. She reportedly plans to meet with leaders of a group called Women Victims of War after she arrives in Sarajevo. She is currently shooting the film in Hungary.