Adapting a controversial issue for her directorial debut has got Angelina Jolie being terrorized with death threats. The 36-year-old actress opened up that she and several Serbian cast members of "In the Land of Blood and Honey" have received physical threats after the film premiered before 5000 people in Sarajevo on Tuesday night, February 14.
"There were things sent to me, there were things posted online," Jolie shared to The Guardian during an interview in the Bosnian capital. "The cast... have never complained to me about these threats but I've heard through other people it was happening..."
"One of them did have their windows smashed in on their cars and someone else had an issue when their phone was hacked and emails were sent out saying they were from them and saying they had been hurt," she revealed.
The Oscar-winning actress explained that she has offered the cast members an option to leave Sarajevo, where her directorial debut was screened for the first time this week, but none of them took the suggestion. "It was a scary thought that someone was thinking along those lines," she added.
Previously, Jolie was not present at the special screening of "Blood and Honey" in Serbian capital, Belgrade, but she insisted that it wasn't because she was scared of the threats. "The physical threats are not what most bothered me," she confessed.
The longtime partner of Brad Pitt continued on, "I have been to so many different countries where there are different kinds of threats, being in Afghanistan and other places as an outspoken American woman."
"It was more that... with a film like this, you don't want it to be used as a tool..." Jolie elaborated furthermore. "Especially in an election year, where people are deciding to label it without having seen it, and try to incite aggression and violence."
During the chat, the "Salt" actress also slammed the suggestion that the movie was failed due to its rejection by most Serbians. "If anything, it has proven what is happening in the country," she argued. "It has reminded people of the complications of the region, of the way people view each other. And also many people have risen up like these people who are doing private screenings in their homes."
"Many people have written to me. People are speaking up and not allowing someone to tell them how they should feel about the film, about each other, about history, and I think this is the extraordinary thing," the Los Angeles-born actress added.
Shot in both English and Slavic, "In the Land of Blood and Honey" follows a love story between a Muslim Bosniak woman, Alja, and a Christian Serbian soldier, Danijel. They met in 1991, before the Bosnian war broke, and then found themselves on opposite sides. Danijel was in charge of guarding the rape camp where Ajla was imprisoned.