Angelina Jolie was made an honorary citizen of Sarajevo at the city’s film festival, in recognition of her film about Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.
Her directorial debut, ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’, is based on the story of a Bosnian Muslim woman’s love for a Bosnian Serb man during the war.
“This means so much to me. My heart is in this city,” the BBC quoted a tearful Jolie as saying on been given the award.
The 37-year-old said that her experience making the film had been life changing.
“The time I spent and the people I met in Bosnia have changed me for ever,” she said.
“I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be named an honorary citizen of Sarajevo, a city so dear to my heart,” she said.
The honour was announced in April.
The prime minister of the Sarajevo Canton, Fikret Music, presented it to her.
The movie was nominated for a Golden Globe earlier this year for best foreign language film.
The fiancee of Brad Pitt was also attending the Sarajevo Film Festival to promote young talent in Bosnia.
The festival had begun during the Bosnian War and has gone on to become one of the largest in Europe.