Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie is set to make her feature film directorial debut. A love story set during the Bosnian war in the early '90s, 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. She is working on the flick with GK Films which was founded by Academy Award-winning producer Graham King in 2007.
Based on an original screenplay written by Jolie, the actors will be solely compromised of various ethnicities from the region of the former Yugoslavia.
Jolie will produce the film alongside GK Films’ Academy Award winning producer Graham King and King’s business partner Tim Headington.
Jolie will not be in the film, and filming is expected to take place this fall, with no locations being announced due to security concerns. The Goodwill Ambassador for the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees frequently makes trips to the area, visited Sarajevo last weekend to discuss the refugee situation with some of the country's leaders.
"The film is a love story, not a political statement," Jolie said in a statement released by the UNHCR during her visit to the region last week. "I would like to involve as many local people as possible and learn as much as I can."
GK Films produced her upcoming Johnny Depp co-starring release, "The Tourist," set to hit theaters in December. She is also slated to star in Tim Burton's "Sleeping Beauty" as the film's evil queen, Maleficent, and will assume the title role in "Cleopatra."
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Source: GK Films Blog, MTV