Jolie to film love story set in Bosnia war

U.S. actress Angelina Jolie (L) speaks with Haris Silajdzic, a Muslim member of the Tripartite Bosnian Presidency, during her visit to Sarajevo August 21, 2010. REUTERS/Bosnian Presidency Press Office/Handout

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Hollywood star Angelina Jolie said after a visit to Sarajevo Saturday she would soon start work on a love story set during the 1992-95 Bosnian War.

Jolie said in a statement issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), for whom she is a Goodwill Ambassador, that shooting for the movie would begin in autumn on the tale of a couple who meet on the eve of the war and the effect it has on their relationship.

“The film is a love story, not a political statement,” the statement said.

Jolie arrived Friday for a surprise visit to Sarajevo and Saturday met members of Bosnia’s inter-ethnic presidency to discuss ways to help thousands of returning war refugees.

Jolie visited returnees in eastern Bosnia in April with her partner Brad Pitt and promised then to come back.

She also said the movie’s cast would be comprised of actors from the various ethnicities of the former Yugoslavia.

“I would like to involve as many local people as possible and learn as much as I can,” Jolie said.

Reporting by Daria Sito-Sucic; Editing by Angus MacSwan