The Sarajevo Film Festival included 210 films from 57 countries, and attracted 100,000 film fans. The festival has been running since 1995 and is one of the largest in southeast Europe.
It kicked off with the premier of ‘Children of Sarajevo’ – a Bosnian film by Aida Begic – which is about two orphaned children struggling to survive after the Bosnian war.
Angelina Jolie was a special guest at the festival where she received the title of honorary citizen of Sarajevo in recognition of her film about the Bosnian war ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’. The film is a gritty portrayal of the war and was not greeted with enthusiasm by everyone, Bosnian Serbs in particular called for the film not to be shown as they felt it showed them in a bad light.
Angelina Jolie herself said: “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done because of my deep respect for the people who really experienced it not to get it wrong. So I think it’s a hard thing to tackle.”
For more information about In the Land of Blood and Honey see
For the trailer see