Tanović in August 2008
|Citizenship||Bosnian and Belgian|
|Alma mater||University of Sarajevo; INSAS|
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Maelys de Rudder|
Danis Tanović (born 20 February 1969) is a Bosnian film director and screenwriter. He is best known for having directed and written the script for the 2001 Bosnian movie No Man's Land which won him many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film among many others.
Tanović has also written and directed award winning Bonsnian films An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker and Death in Sarajevo. He is regarded as one of the best Bosnian directors and screenwriters of all time and also, one of the best from Southeast Europe.
Life and career
Tanović was born in Zenica, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia on 20 February 1969. He was raised in Sarajevo, where he also received his primary and secondary education. Tanović also attended the University of Sarajevo Music Conservatory, where he played the piano.
Immediately after war broke out, Tanović formed a film crew that followed the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, going on dangerous missions. The material that he and the film crew produced has since been used in numerous films and news reports about the Siege of Sarajevo and the Bosnian war.
In late 1994, Tanović left the film crew he had worked with for over two years. A year later, he decided to resume his studies, this time in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. In 1997, he completed his studies in Brussels, graduating at the top of his class. During his studies, Tanović made several documentary films.
Shortly after, he began his first movie project, entitled No Man's Land. He wrote and directed the movie, which was completed in 2001 and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival that same year. No Man's Land went on to win the Award for Best Screenplay (Prix du scénario) at Cannes, followed by numerous awards including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2001, the European Film Academy Award for Best Screenplay, the César for the Best First Feature Film, the André Cavens Award for Best Film in 2001, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002.
Tanović was a member of the jury at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
His second feature project was L'Enfer, completed in 2005, from the screenplay by the late Krzysztof Kieślowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz. The film marked the second installment in the Polish duo's projected trilogy Heaven (filmed by Tom Tykwer in 2002), Hell and Purgatory. Inspired by Euripides' Medea, L'Enfer explores the lives of three sisters, "each locked in her own unhappiness, nursing a secret flower of misery, the seed for which was planted by their late father with a terrible incident in their girlhood" (from a review by Peter Bradshaw). The film received mixed reviews.
Tanović announced in March 2008 that he would be founding a political party with his friend, director Dino Mustafić, called Our Party, which would start contesting elections with the local elections in October 2008. He stated his motivations as wanting to bring political change to the country; his announcement was received positively.
In June 2011, Tanović was bestowed with an "honoris causa" doctorate by the University of Sarajevo.
His 2013 film An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival where it won two prizes: Silver Bear for Best Actor and the Jury Grand Prix.
His 2016 film "Death in Sarajevo" won the Jury Grand Prix at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. It has also won the FIPRESCI Award for the best film in competition. His latest film, The Postcard Killings was released in March 2020, based on the 2010 crime novel "The Postcard Killers".
|1995||Miracle in Bosnia||Yes||No||No||No|
|2001||No Man's Land||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||93%||84%|
|2002||11'09"01 September 11||Yes||Yes||No||No||78%|
|2013||An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker||Yes||Yes||No||No||93%|
|2016||Death in Sarajevo||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|2020||The Postcard Killings||Yes||No||No||No|
Awards and nominations
|2001||Cannes Film Festival||Palme d'Or||No Man's Land||Nominated|||
|European Film Awards||Best Screenwriter||Won|
|Belgian Film Critics Association||André Cavens Award||Won|
|2002||Academy Award||Best Foreign Language Film||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Foreign Language Film||Won|
|César Awards||Best Writing||Nominated|
|European Film Academy||Best Screenplay||Won|
|2013||Berlin International Film Festival||Golden Bear||An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker||Nominated|
|Jury Grand Prix||Won|
|2016||Berlin International Film Festival||Golden Bear||Death in Sarajevo||Nominated|
|Jury Grand Prix||Won|
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- Bradshaw, Peter (21 April 2006). "Hell (L'Enfer)". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
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- Oscar-winning director to establish new political party in BiH (SETimes.com)
- http://soc.kuleuven.be/iieb/docs/2009/26780_Touquet.pdf[permanent dead link]
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- "Circus Columbia". rottentomatoes.com. 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
- "Circus Columbia". metacritic.com. 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
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- "Danis Tanović awards". IMDb. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
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