Monday, April 7, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (April 7, 2008) - The famous Irish actor Colin Farrell arrived this weekend in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo to start preparations for a movie by Oscar- winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic.

Farrell is to play the male lead in the movie titled Triage, based on the book by US journalist Scott Anderson, which follows the memories of war photographer Mark Walsh, who went through numerous war zones in the world, including Bosnia.

"Danis (Tanovic) wrote a great screenplay, very original, and therefore I accepted this role," Bosnian daily Oslobodjenje quoted the famous actor as saying.

During the weekend Farrell visited several places across the country to get a better feeling for what was happening during the 1992-1995 Serbian,Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions against Bosnia.

The tour included the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica where the genocidal Serbian aggressor mass murdered up to 10,000 Bosnian civilians on July 11, 1995, committing the genocide,the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

"It is hard to describe how obviously the air and the land has been poisoned by the act of killing thousands of people in the space of a day.
But you really do get the sense of the pain and the loss and I am sad, I really am sad," Farell said.

The famous Irish actor Colin Farrell walks on a street in Srebrenica. Farrell is in Bosnia to prepare for his new film "Triage" about a war photographer. It is directed by Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic.

Farrell said shooting of the film, which deals with dilemmas in wartime, would start in a week in Spain and will then move to Ireland and Bosnia.

"I am playing a war photographer who has been covering wars for 12 years or so and something takes place in the film that closes the distance between himself and what he does," Farrell said.

Besides Farrell, British actor Christopher Lee and Spanish actress Paz Vega are to co-star in the movie to be filmed at locations in Ireland, Spain and Bosnia.

Tanovic's Triage comes less than two years since another group of world famous movie stars gathered in Bosnia to film sequences in Richard Shepard's The Hunting Party, a film about a reporter's attempt to catch a notorious Serbian war criminal.Richard Gere played the main role in the movie.

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