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Angelina Jolie finds a lead for her Bosnian War romance film

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 22nd, 2010

This project only gets more interesting.

According to the Croatian outlet, Dalje (via The Playlist), Angelina Jolie has found her lead for her upcoming directorial debut, the recently announced Bosnian War love story. The outlet is reporting that relative unknown Zana Marjanovic has been cast as the film’s lead, joining Rade Serbedzija as the film’s sole cast at this point.

The film is apparently a “love story set during the Bosnian War, the film focuses on a Serbian Man and a Bosnian woman who meet on the eve of the war and the effect the war has on their relationship.” Sounds amazing to me. Check out the rest of the story after the break.

Jolie has stated that she wants to cast the film entirely with actors from the region, and this definitely fits that bill. Also, I think it makes the film far more interesting. Sure, the film could star any collection of Hollywood A-listers, but that doesn’t seem the type of film Jolie truly wants to make here, and for good reason. The film seems to have inherent emotional and narrative weight, and coming from Jolie, a person who relatively knows the area, it couldn’t be more interesting to me.

What do you think about this news and this project?

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  • Jamie

    She’s walking into a landmine here. She’s already being attacked by people who think her film will be anti-Serbian. The casting of unknowns may come with laudable intentions but it will make selling the film VERY difficult. The film itself will be a huge challenge for a first time writer/director because of it’s ambitious scope.

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