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X17 EXCLUSIVE - Studio Exec Visits Angelina Jolie's Budapest Set Amid Production Troubles

Posted on Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:30 PM PDT

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Steve Auer, the Budapest-based director of operations for Raleigh Studios, paid a visit to Angelina Jolie yesterday on the set of her directorial debut of a film about the Bosnian War.

A source close to the production tells us Auer is contemplating location options with Jolie after news recent Bosnian officials denied the production a film permit. The official reason for not issuing the permit was that the application had not included a copy of the script, as was requested. However local reports claim members of the Bosnian government and local activists groups were responding to controversy involving how rape victims are being portrayed in the yet-untitled film.

A source on set tells X17online exclusively:

    "Angelina clearly looked upset while walking with the Raleigh Studio executive. The two were speaking seriously and there were only a few top members of the production within earshot of them. After Auer left, Angelina was not in a good mood. Clearly this trouble is taking a big toll on her."

Angelina, herself, released the following statement:

    "There are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters, and that will be revealed once the film is released. My hope is that people will hold judgment until they have seen the film."

In response to that statement, Bakira Hasecic, president of the Women Victims of War association in Sarajevo, claims "in the film, a victim is really falling in love with her torturer," and for that reason she believes no filming should be done in Bosnia.

Our source on set adds, "Steve is here to find a way to film the scenes, originally planned for Sarajevo, in Budapest. The studio is nervous this could end up costing them a lot of money if they don't find a plan B quickly."

When X17online contacted Raleigh Studios, they replied, "Thanks, we don't comment."

Do you think Angelina is wrong for wanting to films scenes in Sarajevo?



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