Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, In the land of Blood and Honey (U zemlji krvi i meda) will have it’s Belgrade premiere in spring, according to Jolie. I can tell you right away that it’s going to be much fuss about it in Serbia. General public opinion here goes something like this: there was a war (civil war, not an aggression), that started out of some reason (possibly ignited by the west), and all sides committed crimes (completely equal).
(Update: read my review of In The Land Of Blood And Honey here)
As soon as you have somebody talking about crimes committed by Serb or Bosnian Serb forces, the general public opinion will say: and what about Serbian victims? Read any comment section on any major Serbian online newspaper site, and chances are that this is the exact kind of discourse you will find there.
One could already predict the reception from the very beginning of the shooting: at the beginning, both Serbs and Bosnians protested, Serbs that they will be portrayed as the villains, and Bosnians that it’s going to be disgraceful towards the victims. After several screenings, the Bosnian side is now satisfied with what they saw. Which means the Serbian side will not be satisfied. There are already some petitions for banning the movie in Republika Srpska, I’m sure there will be some petitions in Serbia as well.
The fact that Christiane Amanpour likes the movie so much she even held a speech at the premiere will not help movie’s reputation in Serbia either.
But we will just have to wait and see until the movie comes to theaters in Belgrade. To be continued…