(SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina) -- Angelina Jolie attended the closing of the Sarajevo Film Festival in Bosnia Saturday, and was presented with a special award for bringing attention to refugees from the Bosnian war, which ended in 1995.
The actress was presented with the “Heart of Sarajevo” award for her efforts. Jolie has visited Bosnia several times in the past year in her role as an ambassador for the United Nations’s Refugee Agency. As the audience gave her a standing ovation, Jolie said she was honored and exclaimed with tears in her eyes, “I told Brad in the car I was afraid I was going to cry. I am really trying not to."
Parts of Jolie’s film directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," were shot in Bosnia. The film tells the story of a Bosnian Muslim woman and a Serbian man who fall in love and become separated during the Bosnian war. It drew a great deal of controversy a year ago that nearly scuttled production when a false rumor spread that the film was about a Bosnian woman who falls in love with her Serbian rapist.
"In the Land of Blood and Honey" is scheduled to be released in December.
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