UPDATE: Jolie responded in a statement: "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. My hope is that people will hold judgment until they have seen the film."
Don't be surprised if you see Jennifer Aniston promoting the Bosnian Tourism Board soon.
Bosnian Culture Minister Gavrilo Grahovac has revoked a permit for Angelina Jolie to film her directorial debut in the country after meeting with the local Women Victims of War Association, which had problems with the story of Serbian soldier and the Muslim woman he falls for.
"They no longer have the authorization to shoot in Bosnia," Grahovac said in a Bosnian radio interview. "They will have it if they send us the scenario with a story which will be different from what we have been told by people who read it."
Technically, Grahovac blamed the move on a paperwork snafu—the filming permit application had no screenplay attached, as required by law. That meant the story couldn't be vetted.
Sarajevo-based producer Scout Film insists the film is a love story as opposed to some kind of political/religious statement and, per the BBC, has since sent a script to the culture ministry to try and reverse the decision.
It won't be easy.
"In the film, a victim is really falling in love with her torturer," said Bakira Hasecic, president of the association.
Jolie, currently shooting the untitled film in Budapest (where she was visited on set yesterday by Brad Pitt and their kids), has written the group, asking them not to judge the story until they seen it. She also is requesting a meeting in hopes of changing their minds.
Will it work? We've seen her do it before.
(Originally published Oct. 14, 2010, at 8:32 a.m. PT)