Angelina Jolie attended the closing ceremony of the eight-day Sarajevo Film Festival in Bosnia’s capital Saturday and organizers presented her with a special award for bringing attention to refugees from the country’s 1992-95 war. The award, called “The Heart of Sarajevo,” was handed to Jolie by festival director, Miro Purivatra, who said it was being given to her not only for her great impact in the movie industry, but also “for persisting in her active engagement in the complexities in the real world we live in.” Jolie visited Bosnia several times last year as UNHCR ambassador and drew attention to the plight of 117,000 people who haven’t able to return to their homes even though the Bosnia war ended 16 years ago. Accompanied by Brad Pitt, she visited several refugee camps. The visit resulted in a U.S. government donation that provided housing for the last 15 people living in one of the rundown facilities. The Sarajevo Film Festival started in 1994 in the besieged city, as its founders tried to offer citizens some sense of normal life. Residents braved mortar shells raining on the city to gather in a downtown basement and watch Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” sometimes unsure whether the sounds of shooting came from the soundtrack or battles outside. … Katharine Hepburn’s former home in Old Saybrook, Conn., is up for sale. The house had 21 rooms and nine bathrooms but has been reduced to 15 rooms and 7 ½ bathrooms. The estate is now on the market for $28 million. The house, on the largest of three lots, can be purchased separately for $18 million. The Academy Award-winning actress retired to the home and lived there until her death in 2003 at age 96. She won four Oscars and received 12 nominations over her 60-year career.
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Posted July 31, 2011, at 8:33 p.m.