On Saturday, July 30, Hollywood bombshell and supermom Angelina Jolie was honored at the 2011 Sarajevo Film Festival in Bosnia’s National Theatre. The known humanitarian – who has served as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador since 2001 – was given the Heart of Sarajevo award for her generous philanthropic efforts as well as for her directorial debut with the film In the Land of Blood and Honey.
The film is set during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war and follows the story of a Serbian man who falls in love with a Muslim woman. Mirsad Purivatra, the Director of the festival and who presented the award to Jolie, said, “Tonight, we present this Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award to a remarkable actress, not only for her extraordinary career in the world of film, but also for her remarkable engagement in the real world, which we are all equally a part of.”
Jolie’s husband and partner in much of her humanitarian work, Brad Pitt, was also there to walk her down the red carpet, greet fans, and beam proudly as his wife accepted the high honor. As she accepted the award, Jolie responded, “I am so glad to be in this beautiful city. I spent the last year with some wonderful people from this country. I have never worked with such a disciplined and talented crew. I am so glad to be here at the Festival, which is growing from year to year. I am truly honored to receive this award!”
In the Land of Blood and Honey is slated for release in the United States on December 23, 2011.
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