Angelina Jolie gets back in the director's chair for her new drama Without Blood with Salma Hayek in Rome - after her ex Brad Pitt mused on his life since their split

        Angelina Jolie got back in the director's chair for her latest film Without Blood in Rome on Wednesday.The actress, 47, who is stepping behind the camera for the first time in five years, was seen offering her guidance for star Salma Hayek as filming kicked off for the period drama in an area close to the iconic Colosseum.It comes as Angelina's ex-husband Brad Pitt revealed he has embraced a life of abstinence and sobriety after the couple's surprise divorce in 2016.Dressed for the warm Italian weather, Angelina cut an elegant figure in a relaxed white vest top and flared trousers as she arrived on set for filming.The star donned a straw hat as she directed the film's cast for the dramatic scenes.Meanwhile Salma donned a black velvet A-line dress with a white overcoat as she prepared to film the scenes on a flight of stairs in the city. The star later changed into a more revealing black velvet dress with buttons along the bodice, teamed with an elegant pearl necklace. Without Blood is based on the novel by Italian writer Alessandro Baricco and is set in the aftermath of an unidentified conflict. The film is billed as exploring 'universal truths about war, trauma, memory and healing.' Speaking after the film was announced, Angelina said: 'I'm honoured to be here in Italy to bring this very special material to film, and to have been entrusted by Alessandro Baricco with the adaptation of his book — with its unique poetry and emotion and way of looking at war, and the questions it poses about what we search for after trauma or loss or injustice,' It comes as Angelina's ex-husband Brad revealed he has embraced a life of abstinence that began shortly after their divorce was finalised in 2016. Speaking to the latest edition of British GQ, Pitt, 58, insisted emotional turmoil and deep sadness are an inevitable part of growth. 'I think all our hearts are broken,' he said. 'I always felt very alone in my life, alone growing up as a kid, alone even out here, and it's really not till recently that I have had a greater embrace of my friends and family. 'What's that line, it was either Rilke or Einstein, believe it or not, but it was something about when you can walk with the paradox, when you carry real pain and real joy simultaneously, this is maturity, this is growth.' Newly divorced, the actor spent 18-months attending regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings while embracing the group's core principles of abstinence from all mind altering substances, and honesty regarding the nature of addiction. 'I had a really cool men's group here that was really private and selective, so it was safe,' he explained. 'Because I'd seen things of other people who had been recorded while they were spilling their guts, and that's just atrocious to me.' Pitt, a lifelong smoker, also made the decision to cut cigarettes out of his life, opting instead to substitute tobacco with nicotine flavoured gum. The actor has moved on following his divorce and has since been romantically linked with Nicole Poturalski, while winning plaudits - and awards - for his role as hapless stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.    

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