Angelina Jolie Rebuts Criticism Of Her Bosnian War Film

'My hope is that people will hold judgment until they have seen the film,' actress/director says.

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut hit a snag this week when the film was denied a permit to shoot in Bosnia and news reports floated rumors of a plotline involving a woman falling in love with her torturer.

Now Jolie has hit back against those rumors, releasing a statement saying she’s keeping details about the plot, which focuses on the love between a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman in the lead-up to the 1992 Bosnian war, under wraps.

“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,” the 35-year-old actress/director said in a statement.

“My hope is that people will hold judgment until they have seen the film,” she added.

A rep for Jolie told Reuters that reports about the woman falling in love with her torturer are inaccurate.

The shoot is currently under way in Budapest. The production had planned to move on to Bosnia, but a government minister canceled a permit for the shoot. An executive with the film’s production company told Reuters that they have now submitted a final script to the government ministry and will reapply for the permit.

Meanwhile, the Women Victims of War association in Bosnia has come out against the still-untitled movie, voicing concerns about the rumored plotline. Jolie said in her statement that she understands their concerns and will do her best to honor their experiences during the war.

“Obviously, any dramatic interpretation will always fail those who have had a real experience,” she said.

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