Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt surprised the crowd at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Saturday by walking the red carpet together before Jolie took the stage to accept an honorary Heart of Sarajevo award.
"I told Brad in the car I was afraid I was going to cry," said Jolie, her voice cracking with tears in her eyes as she waited out a standing ovation from the crowd.
The honorary Heart of Sarajevo award was given to Jolie "for the great impact she has in the world of cinema" and for her "active engagement in the complexities of the real world we live in," said festival director Mirsad Purivatra.
Jolie has visited Bosnia as a U.N. goodwill ambassador, and she chose the country as the setting for her directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey." The film is about the war in Sarajevo in 1992-1995.
"I am so honored to be here at this festival," said Jolie, after receiving the award. "There is no greater example of the strengths of the artists and the festival that began during the war and grew strong every year."
Jolie's partner is Pitt, also an actor. A source said Jolie, 36, and Pitt, 47, stopped to pat a baby on the red carpet.
Jolie is the mother of six children, including three she adopted. One is from Ethiopia, one is from Vietnam, and one is from Cambodia.
"I'm so happy to be in this remarkable city," said Jolie, in her acceptance speech, "in this beautiful country and I've spent the last year lucky enough to experience not just the warmth and the hospitality of the local peple but also your extraordinary talent."
Jolie said she had never in her career worked with such disciplined and talented artists as she did on "The Land of Blood and Honey." The controversial film focused on love between a Serb and Muslim woman at the beginning of the Bosnian war and how their relationship evolves throughout the war.