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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Brangelina meet Geldof... but trouble ahead for star couple

ANGELINA Jolie and husband Brad Pitt shared a laugh with Bob Geldof at the Berlin Film Festival - but the star couple are facing trouble.

Her new movie - a love story set against the genocide of Bosnia's war - will be shown in Sarajevo for the first time today but it already has touched off anger left over from the conflict.

Muslim Bosniaks have said they expect In The Land of Blood And Honey to focus on their plight during the brutal 1992-1995 war.

But the distributor in the Serb part of Bosnia said he won't show it there because it portrays Serbs as the villains and they wouldn't put up with that.

The screening - which Jolie plans to attend - will show a fictional romance that develops between a Bosnian Serb man and a Bosnian Muslim woman, and what happens when he becomes an army officer and she is held in a military prison camp where atrocities such as rape occur.

About 5,000 people are expected at the debut in Sarajevo, and the movie also will be shown in theatres in the Bosniak-Croat part of the country. But the sole film distributor in the Serb-run part of Bosnia said Serbs don't want to see it.

"There is simply no interest for this movie here, so I can't sell any tickets," said distributor Vladimir Ljevar. "The fact that the Serbs are the bad guys in it is the reason why there is no interest. The film is lousy. I watched it."

Thousands of women were raped during Bosnia's war, which also included the Srebrenica massacre in July 1995 and the 44-month siege of the capital, Sarajevo. Most of the rape victims were Muslim Bosniak women.

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