Danis Tanovic

Danis Tanovic
04 - 08 July

Danis Tanović Bosnian film director, producer and screenwriter born in Zenica on 20 February 1969. He was raised in Sarajevo and studied at the Academy of Theatre Arts in Sarajevo but, in 1992, the Siege of Sarajevo forced him to stop his studies. He organized a film crew to follow the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, going on dangerous missions. The material produced by Tanović and the film crew has since been used in numerous films and news reports about the Siege of Sarajevo and the Bosnian war. In 1995, Tanović decided to resume his studies, this time in Brussels, completing them with excellent marks in 1997. During this time he made several critically acclaimed documentary films. Shortly afterwards, Tanović began his first movie project, entitled No Man's Land. He wrote the script and directed the movie, which was completed in 2001 and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival that year. No Man's Land went on to win the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes, followed by numerous awards, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2001. In total, No Man's Land won 60 awards, including the European Film Academy Award for Best Screenplay, the César for the Best First Feature film in 2001 and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002. Upon international theatrical release, the film was embraced by critics and spectators for its darkly humorous and gripping tale on the absurdity of war. It is probably the directorial debut to have won most awards in the history of filmmaking. Tanović holds joint Bosnian and Belgian citizenship and lives in Sarajevo with his wife and five children. He lived in Paris until 2007. In March 2008, Tanović founded a multi-ethnic political party, Naša Stranka (Our Party).

 

Filmography

as Director:
L'Aube (1996)
Awakening (1999) Cinéma du Réel Joris Ivens Award
No Man's Land (2001) won 60 awards among them: Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Screenplay Cannes Film Festival, European Film Academy Award for Best Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film César for the Best First Feature. In total, No Man's Land won 60 awards
September 11 (2002) Venice Film Festival Unesco Award
L'Enfer (2005)
Triage (2009)
Cirkus Columbia (2010)
Baggage (short film) (2011)
Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013) Silver Berlin Bear Jury Grand Prix, Special Prize of the Jury Instanbul Film Festival
Tigers (2014)
Death in Sarajevo (2016) Silver Berlin Bear Jury Grand Prix

 

As Screenwriter:
Awakening (1999)
No Man's Land (2001)
11'9"01 September 11 (2002)
Triage (2009)
Cirkus Columbia (2010)
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013)
Tigers (2014)
Death in Sarajevo (Smrt u Sarajevu) (2016)

 

As Composer:
No Man's Land (2001)

 

As DoP: L'Aube (1996)

 

background image:
still frame from the movie Death in Sarajevo (2016)

The longest road is from zero to one. After that, it's only repeating.
Danis Tanovic