Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt arrive in Sarajevo, take up 30 hotel rooms

Here are some new photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arriving in Sarajevo today. They were in Berlin last night for the Cinema for Peace event, where Angelina won an award for In the Land of Blood and Honey – I’m including more photos from that event at the end of the post. I believe they’re in Sarajevo for the Bosnian premiere of ITLOBAH, which is reportedly tonight. Here’s an interesting Bosnian news report about what’s happening with all of the premieres and stuff:

Angelina Jolie, flanked by her husband Brad Pitt and their six children, has arrived in Sarajevo today for the Balkan debut of ‘Land of Blood and Honey”, her first work as director. She also wrote the screenplay.

The film’s debut will be this evening at the Zetra Olympic sports complex, and will be in film theatres from Thursday.

Already distributed in the US and presented last week at the Berlin Film Festival in the Special section, the film is a love story between a Muslim girl and a Serbian soldier. However – said the US star – ”it is not a story of black and white”.

Jolie’s work met with praise two months ago in Sarajevo at a closed door showing for war victims, which was followed by protests from Serbs, claiming to have been shown in a negative light in the film. For this reason the film will not be shown in the Republika Srpska (RS, the Serb-majority entity of Bosnia).

The distributor has announced that the film’s debut in Croatia will take place on February 17 in Zagreb, but that a date had not yet been set for the presentation of the film in Belgrade.

The Jolie-Pitt family and their numerous entourage took up thirty rooms in Hotel Europa, the most prestigious and charming hotel in central Sarajevo. On her arrival the Hollywood star did not make any statements to journalists. She is expected to visit the Olympic museum commemorating the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games in the afternoon.

[Via Ansamed]

So the film won’t be in any theaters in the Serb-majority areas? That’s interesting. I bet that bugs Angelina, because she really didn’t set out to make a film that took sides or tried to make the Serbs into extremists. Also – 30 rooms at the hotel?!?!? Damn.

Also, there’s this little story that I just enjoyed so much – you know how Jenny Packham is the new big designer to all of the important ladies in the world? Duchess Kate wears Jenny Packham. Angelina Jolie wears Jenny Packham. Well, Packham had her runway show yesterday, and people noticed a difference in tone with this new season. Packham explained the difference – “It’s because we’re dressing Angelina now.” Interesting that she name-checked Jolie and not Duchess Kate, right?

By the way, I love that Brad and Angelina hold hands when they’re just coming off a plane and walking on the tarmac. They’re so tactile. It’s cute.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. OriginalTiffany says:

    They look cute, but 30 rooms? Seems like a lot.

  2. Bite me says:

    Oh Lordy it’s going to be a long thread

  3. Asli says:

    30 hotel rooms!!!! Previous points proven.

  4. cmc says:

    I know this seems futile, but I really wish she’d gain some weight. She won’t age well if she stays so stick-thin.

    Also, I love photos of them together. They’re so comfortable and hands-on, and obviously in love. They’re cute.

  5. gfsj says:

    The rooms are for all the cast who will be with them at the premier! It is a large cast. Also bodyguards need rooms etc.

    Throughout the promotion she herself has taken care of all the hotel/flight arrangements for the cast.

  6. Cleo says:

    How is it possible that celebrities marry each other like Beyonce and Jay Z and Coldplay guy and Gwyneth Paltrow? I find it inconceivable.

  7. Kiyoshigirl says:

    Maybe they use all those rooms, but I suspect they simply booked an entire floor for obvious reasons. If I was in their position I’d do the same.

  8. Liz says:

    They are so real and down to earth. They are not living in celebrity bouble. Only 30 rooms. They could take whole hotel. But they didn’t.

  9. Snarky says:

    Holding hands or is Nurse Brad just on pulse patrol? Photo 5 is a clear pulse check to me!

  10. Amy says:

    gfsj’s comment makes the most sense. Of course I didnt’ read it before I posted the following…

    Unless there’s more tourism in Sarajevo in February than I am aware, the hotel just might’ve had 30 or more empty rooms. They might’ve been overjoyed to rent out 30 rooms to the Jolie-Pitts. Perhaps it was an act of kindness on St. Angie’s part rather than celebrity excessiveness.

  11. anon says:

    I am sure the Hotel is happy for the business. They are probably paying for others, in addition to themselves.

  12. Lis says:

    Don’t like either of them. (Not a fan of Aniston, either.)

    Obviously, it’s their money, so the 30 hotel rooms are not a problem.

    But I haven’t seen a Jolie film that was good, and I think the international involvement in the Balkans was wrong. And I strongly suspect that this will follow the dominant narrative. So I won’t be watching.

  13. Petunia says:

    Seems rather ostentatious to me and wasteful, no matter what the reasons. Think of the people you could feed with that money.

    That aside, I love the grey/silver dress on Angie. It’s pretty and understated. I’m so happy to see her in something other than Morticia Addams black.

    • Lis says:

      “Seems rather ostentatious to me and wasteful, no matter what the reasons. Think of the people you could feed with that money.”

      I have to disagree with you there.

      Using this logic, any money someone spends on anything not related to survival is a waste that could have been better spent feeding the poor.

      And, if that’s not what you’re saying, I’d really like to know where the line is. Why would a few rooms be okay, but not 30? Why are a few rooms okay, when they could go to a hostel?

      Their money = their business. If they want privacy, luxury and/or lots of space, then so be it.

      I’m not a fan, but I can’t fault them for this.

      • Moira says:

        I assume all the rooms are for the cast, their partners, hair, make-up security. I think it is great that Angie wants her cast with her for these accolade, festivals and premieres. It would be nice if other directors would be so focused on the talent.

  14. olivia says:

    I hope they don’t get lost.

  15. ds says:

    I think the film will be screened in Serbia just for one day, and that’s it. Heard it from one reporter over there.

  16. Zimmer says:

    The more excessive, the better for the economy!

  17. smith says:

    I love these photos of Ang. She moves, she walks, she waves. Her pics are usually so stagnate. These are like a Broadway musical …

  18. Nikki says:

    The thirty rooms could be a buffer for the cast and the beefed up security bc she and her family plus several cast members have gotten death threats which is why they’ve postponed the Serbian premiere it was supposed to be on Thursday.

    • judy says:

      Lets see here..there is then cast and crew. 6 kids and nannies. Security and a few extra people, lucky they can get them all in 30n rooms. Unless you have made a movie and know who has to be there how the hell can you say it is a waste? No nothings open mouths and spew crap.

  19. NM6804 says:

    Isn’t that film being boycotted in Serbia?

    Maybe she didn’t set out to be anti-Serb or anti-Muslim but that’s how they perceive it I guess.

    30 rooms huh? I hope one had a projector and white screen so she could educate her entourage: Lesson 2 from “How To Keep It Real”: Transport and Accomodation I kid, I kid…:D

    Serious sidenote:

    How come we get to hear about the BOMB of Heigl and the anticipated BOMB of Witherspoon (both films that I presume have not been seen by neither CB or Kaiser) but we can’t talk about (or ignore) the BOMB that is B&H just because it’s a good effort on a difficult topic (even bad reviews state that but that does not mean you can call it a well-executed film or deserves to be in the list of films like “The Pianist”). Somebody stated that it was because they can’t write a review without seeing it first but as I said, you don’t need to see a film when the B-O numbers and critical reception is bad no matter what Jolie’s intention was. This tour is going on and on but we never talk about the failure but we can talk about other people’s failures? *eyeroll*

    • Gabby says:

      I haven’t seen the film but it’s gotten pretty great reviews from what I’ve read – and it isn’t exactly a film for wide release/audience like a mindless Heigl or Witherspoon rom-com.

      I was in Sarajevo this summer and traveled solo through the Balkans, over to Kosovo, and what Angelina has done is really commendable. Until you go there and speak to people who have lived through that war, you have no idea of the extent of it. I lived in Europe for 14 years and didn’t realize just how middle-class, genteel and European Sarajevo is, and it’s INSANE that the world powers allowed this massacre to take place there – it’s like war breaking out in Vienna today, and people just turning a blind eye.

      I could go on and on about how amazing Bosnia is and the strength of its multiculturalism, especially in the face of Serb nationalism, but suffice it to say that Angelina bringing the world’s attention to the atrocities committed there (on all sides, Croat, Muslim and Serb) is really necessary. It was only 15 years ago and very few people outside of the Balkans have any understanding of what happened there – if there isn’t awareness, it could be repeated.

      • Jamie says:

        So a celebrity is needed to make people aware of problems, and once said celebrity makes us ‘regular folk’ properly informed all will be well once again?

        Also, even if Jolie’s motives were noblest of all, it does not make her movie automaticall ‘good’, nor ‘art’.

    • Moira says:

      ITLOBAH didn’t get bad reviews. So it is a commercial flop? Did you expect anything less? When Heigl & Witherspoon make art I will expect them to flop too.

  20. Nikki says:

    It’s not being boycotted by the entire country. There are several illegal screenings because they are tired of the censorship. There are people who want to make the decision for themselves. The movie has opened in one market with 18 theatres it is rolling out in Europe this month and next. I don’t think any film should be declared a bomb until it is out of theatres completely that goes for Heigal and Witherspoon. Everybody wrote off The Tourist and in the end it made bank.

  21. Miss Sarajevo says:

    Search on youtube for “Luciano Pavarotti Miss Sarajevo”

    :-) ))))))))))))

  22. Camille (The original) says:

    AJ and BP are so adorable and sexy together :) . Love AJ’s boots too.

    I wonder if they rented out the rooms as a privacy/security measure. For whatever reason they did it to be honest I just don’t care, its none of my business.

  23. original sandy says:

    i love these pics of the two of them, they are a gorgeous couple, classy.

  24. skuddles says:

    Isn’t it a little bit silly to snipe about Jolie-Pitts renting 30 hotel rooms? They’re traveling with 6 young children, nanny’s and other employees, cast and crew, and security detail (probably amped up since they’re in formerly war-torn Serbia). Guaranteed the hotel staff (who probably don’t make a lot of money) will be very well taken care. Pitt and Jolie are not known for being cheapskapes…

    • sarah says:

      Sarajevo is in Bosnia, NOT in Serbia. Bosnia was attacked by Serbia in 1992 and the aggression was supported by local Serbs (Thank God not all of the Bosnian Serbs supported the aggression)… But they have not only destroyed the Bosnian country physically, but had a well developed and planned scenario of killing educated people (so called elite-cid) and raping girls and women in front of their families, then releasing them in advanced pregnancies as a “Serbian way of occupying new lands” – They really wanted Bosnia would become part of Serbia.
      Go, see the movie! It’s true documentary of what happened within 30 minutes from Rome and Milan, Wiena and Geneve”