Serbs Shun Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut
Posted on Fri Feb 24, 2012 09:17 AM PDT

jolie061911_01_200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Angelina Jolie's directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey is being shunned by Serb viewers, many of whom feel that the film - a drama set in the Bosnian war about a Serb soldier and his Muslim ex - depicts Serbs as the villains of the conflict.

Serbian newspaper reports Friday described the lackluster response to the film as a "fiasco" and noted that a mere 12 people attended the earliest screening in the capital of Belgrade. Critics noted that the film was so bad that it warranted no reaction, and that it was receiving more press than it deserves.

The film was better received in Bosnia and Croatia, where it received a standing ovation in the capital of Sarajevo. Jolie attended red carpet premieres along with top dignitaries in both cities, and was praised for her depiction of the struggle.

The Bosnian War, which pitted Serbs against Muslims and Croats, is widely considered to be the bloodiest battle since World War II.