Born in Zenica in Yugoslavia in 1969, after
qualifying as a civil engineer and a musician,
he began studying at the Sarajevo Film
Academy. His studies were interrupted,
however, by the outbreak of the Bosnian War.
He accompanied the Bosnian army with his
camera during the war and then moved to
Brussels to resume his film studies. His feature
debut NO MAN‘S LAND won a Palme d‘Or
at Cannes in 2001 alongside an Oscar and a
Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
He was a member of the Cannes jury in 2003.
1994 The portrait of
the artist in war · 1996 L‘Aube · 1999
Buđenje · 2001 No Man ‘s Land · 2002
11‘09“01 September 11, Episiodenfilm,
Segment BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA · 2005
L‘Enfer · 2009 Triage · 2010 Cirkus
Columbia · 2011 Prtljag
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013)
A Roma family living far away from the urban centres ofBosnia-Herzegovina. The father Nazif salvages metal from old carsand sells it to a scrap-dealer. The mother Senada keeps the house tidy,cooks, bakes and cares for their two small daughters. One day, she feelsa sharp pain in her abdomen. At the clinic she is told there is somethingwrong with the baby she is carrying: “They say it’s dead.” She is at riskof septicaemia and they must operate immediately. More