Angelina Jolie Cries at Bosnian Movie Premiere
Angelina Jolie doesn't often get emotional -- at least, not in front of the press. But the actress wears her heart on her sleeve when it comes to her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. At the film's Bosnian premiere in Sarajevo on Tuesday (a.k.a. Valentine's Day), Jolie choked up when the crowd gave her a standing ovation. Watch the video below!
In the Land of Blood and Honey, which Jolie wrote, directed and produced, tells a love story set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War. Jolie seemed nervous screening it for a Bosnian crowd for the first time; while introducing the film, she said, "I know this will be difficult for you to watch, but I hope that when you do, it doesn't just remind you of what you've suffered, but it also reminds you of all that you have survived."
As it turns out, the audience of 5,000 loved the film, and an emotional Jolie returned to the stage to thank them.
"It means so much to all of us -- it means so much to me -- and I can't tell you how much it means to be here with all of you and to share this film," Jolie said tearfully. "That you're receiving it so warmly means the world to me. I care so deeply for all of you in this country."
Jolie, 36, made the film in order to draw attention to the Serbo-Croatian conflict and to humanize the victims of war.
"I wanted people across the world to watch this movie and say... 'That is a family like mine, that is a mother like me,'" she told the Associated Press at the premiere. "So when they see a headline that says a bomb went off in Aleppo they think of the characters in this film and they think they are related to them and they maybe feel that much more invested."
During the screening, Jolie said, she relied on partner Brad Pitt to calm her nerves.
"Brad and I sat together last night and he held my hand and I just took a deep breath and cried," she admitted.
But after that standing ovation, it's safe to say that Jolie had a happy Valentine's Day.
"It was probably one of the most extraordinary nights of my life," she told BBC News the next day.
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