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Emir Kusturica

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Emir Kusturica

Emir Kusturica (pronounced koo-stûr-ÉT-sä (http://www.loc.gov/nls/other/sayhow.html)) (Serbian cyrillic: Емир Кустурица) (born November 24, 1954) is a Bosnian filmmaker born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. With an impressive string of internationally acclaimed features, Kusturica became one of the most creative directors in cinema during the 1980s and '90s.

He was educated at the distinguished FAMU Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he began directing Yugoslav television shows before making an auspicious feature-film debut in 1981 with Do You Remember Dolly Bell?, which won the prestigious Golden Lion at that year's Venice Film Festival.

His sophomore film, When Father Was Away on Business (1985), earned a Golden Palm at Cannes, five Yugoslavian Oscar equivalents, and was nominated for an American Academy award for Best Foreign Film. Both Do You Remember Dolly Bell? and When Father Was Away on Business were made in collaboration with Abdulah Sidran (a famous contemporary Bosnian writer and poet who wrote screenplays for both films with many autobiographical elements from Abdulah's life). In 1989, he earned even more accolades for Time of the Gypsies, a penetrating but magical look into gypsy culture and the exploitation of their youths.

Kusturica continued to make highly regarded films into the next decade, including his American debut, the absurdist comedy Arizona Dream (1993) and the Golden Palm-winning black comedy Underground (1995). In 1998, he won the Venice Film Festival's Silver Lion for Best Direction for Black Cat, White Cat, an outrageous, farcical comedy set in a Gypsy settlement on the banks of the Danube.

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Kusturica as a member of the "No Smoking Orchestra"

In The Widow of St. Pierre 2000, a movie by director Patrice Leconte, Kusturica, here in his first appearance as an actor, has little in the way of lines, but his eyes and body language speak volumes.

In 2001, Kusturica directed Super 8 Stories. This is a typical on the road documentary and concert movie. It's full of inside material, 'read between the lines' nuances and small pleasures offering also a breathless and exhilarating behind-the-scenes look.

In 2002, The Good Thief, directed by Neil Jordan, Emir Kusturica appears as an electric guitar player slash security specialist who constantly plays Jimi Hendrix riffs. In 2004, The Prix de l'Education nationale (National Education Prize) honoured Emir Kusturica and his film Život je Čudo (Life is a Miracle). Life is a Miracle will be considered a national educational tool, complete with an instructional CD-ROM intended to facilitate analysis and debate among film students.

He was a President of Jury on 2005 Cannes Film Festival.


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