Angelina Jolie says new film ''Unbroken'' can give people hope in times of conflict. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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STORY: Angelina Jolie and the stars of her new film "Unbroken", about the plight of an American Olympian turned World War II prisoner, were in Berlin on Thursday (November 27) as part of a promotional tour.
Jolie, who directed the film, said the story could give people hope in humanity.
"This is not about just epic journeys, about heroics. This is about the human spirit, this is about resilience and faith and these bigger themes, and so when I read it I was just personally moved by it because I think we all have that today. We all want to be reminded of some things that give us hope and make us better and Louis' story certainly does," she said at a news conference with two of the film's stars, Jack O'Connell and Japanese rock star Miyavi.
Based on a best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand, the film tells how Louis Zamperini, an Olympic sprinter, spent 47 days on a life raft after his plane crashed into the Pacific during World War II, and was then held for two years by the Japanese.
Zamperini is played in the film by British rising star Jack O'Connell, while Miyavi plays the Japanese Corporal Mutsuhiro Watanabe, who beats and tortures Zamperini.
Almost seventy years after the end of the war in which the film is set, Jolie spoke of her frustration with continuing world conflicts today.
Jolie is special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and is active in the British-based Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI).
"Unbroken" is the second film she has directed. Her first, the 2011 "In the Land of Blood and Honey", was set during the Bosnian war.
"Unbroken" is released in German cinemas on January 22, 2015, by which time it will have been showing in the United States and United Kingdom for almost a month.
It is already the subject of Oscar buzz as a contender for best picture.
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