By now, it's no secret that Angelina Jolie has an emotional connection to her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. It wasn't long ago that the actress admitted Brad Pitt found her crying in the shower when the production on the film led her to a "complete meltdown." And it seems that she still hasn't recovered from the emotional toll of the film. At the Bosnian premiere on Tuesday, Jolie kept her composure until it came time to make her speech. She told the crowd, "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, and that you're receiving it so warmly means the world to me." It was then that Jolie's voice wavered and she began visibly crying.
This premiere in Bosnia marks a level of acceptance that Jolie struggled with when she first started filming In the Land of Blood and Honey. The actress-turned-director met with road blocks in the form of denied filming permits after women's groups complained that the subject matter - a Serbian man and Bosnian woman finding love in the unlikliest of circumstances - was disrespectful to victims of Serbian soldiers' violence towards women during the Bosnian War. Screening the film in the country that greeted her with so much resistance initially, and witnessing their praise has to pique her emotions just a little. And considering how attached she is to her first directing gig, the waterworks are no surprise.
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Watch Jolie get emotional onstage at the Bosnian premiere: