Angelina Jolie brought her feature film directorial debut "In The Land of Blood and Honey" to Sarajevo this week and received a standing ovation from the audience.
The film is set during the 1992 Bosnian War, which ravaged the capital city of Sarajevo. The actress and her partner Brad Pitt made a surprise visit to the 17th annual Sarajevo Film Festival, which honored Jolie for her contribution to the nation's film industry, according to People magazine.
"To see you receiving it so well means the world to me," Jolie told the audience of 6,000 on Tuesday, following a screening of her film. "I feel so deeply for all of you in this country."
The 36-year-old actress thanked the crowd in Bosnian and stayed to talk with the audience members, many of whom lived through the war.
"I'm satisfied with what we made, I feel very strongly about it and I believe that its core issue ? which is the need for intervention and need for the world to care about atrocities when they are happening ? is very, very timely and especially with things that are happening in Syria today, Jolie told the Associated Foreign Press. "I just felt that this subject was important and was really moved by it... if this is the only thing I ever directed, I would be very happy."
"In The Land of Blood and Honey" depicts a romance between a Bosnian woman and Serbian man during the Bosnia war in the 1990s. It stars actors Zana Marjanovic and Goran Kostic. Jolie does not appear in the film.
Jolie recently participated in a live Q&A with actress Vanessa Glodjo where she answered questions from fans about her film and admitted that it wasn't an easy film to make.
"I had a complete emotional breakdown in the shower and Brad found me crying," Jolie said. "I didn't plan to become a director, and I still have trouble saying I'm a director. I just wanted to tell this story and I ended up by default being the director."
"I felt this huge responsibility and I felt very small," she continued. "I thought, 'Who am I to take this on?' ...I had a complete meltdown."
Jolie, who is known for her global humanitarian efforts as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, also wrote the film's screenplay and says she took on the project because she was personally interested in the subject matter.
When asked if she planned on directing more projects, the actress told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Chris Balish and other reporters at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 7 that she is open to the idea.
The actress, who won an Oscar for her role as a mental patient in the 1999 movie "Girl, Interrupted," served as the film's director and will take questions from fans during the interactive session.
Check out the trailer for "In The Land of Blood and Honey" and a recording of her January 12 Q&A session below.