Angelina Jolie on Thursday told critics of a film she is directing in eastern Europe that she hopes they will withhold any complaints, for now, because it has different storylines that might quell their concerns.
"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," the Oscar-winning actress said in a statement.
"My hope is that people will hold judgment until they have seen the film," she said.
The movie, which has yet to have a title, portrays a love story between a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman on the eve of the 1992 Bosnian war that killed 100,000 people.
Bakira Hasecic, president of the Women Victims of War association in Bosnia, told the Oslobodjenje newspaper that the female character "is really falling in love with her torturer," and she urged officials to ban the film's production.
On Wednesday, a government minister canceled a permit for the film shoot, and some headlines trumpeted that the movie's production had been halted. A representative for Jolie told Reuters those headlines were incorrect and, in fact, the crew is currently shooting in Budapest before moving on to Bosnia.
Edin Sarkic, an executive with the movie's Sarajevo-based producer Scout Film, told Reuters the company had submitted a final script to the proper authorities and the production company said it would reapply for the filming permit.
Jolie further sought to allay concerns of the Bosnian women's group by saying in her statement that, "obviously, any dramatic interpretation will always fail those who have had a real experience."