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Danis Tanović is a Director, Scriptwriter, Co-Producer and Sound Bosnien born on 20 february 1969 at Zenica (Bosnie)

Danis Tanović

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Nationality Bosnie
Birth 20 february 1969 (50 years) at Zenica (Bosnie)

Danis Tanović (born 20 February 1969) is an Bosnian Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter. Tanović is best known for having directed and written the script for the 2001 Bosnian movie No Man's Land which won him the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He is widely considered one of the best contemporary Bosnian filmmakers of his generation and has garnered critical acclaim for many of his movies. In 2008, Tanović established Naša Stranka, a grassroots political party based in Sarajevo.

He was a member of the jury at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. His most recent films include Triage (2009), starring Colin Farrell, Paz Vega and Christopher Lee and Cirkus Columbia (2010), starring Miki Manojlović and Mira Furlan.

Biography

Danis Tanović was born in the central Bosnian city of Zenica, to Bosnian parents. Tanović was raised in Sarajevo where he also received his primary and secondary education. He also attended the University of Sarajevo Music Conservatory, where he played the piano.

As a young adult, Tanović decided to study at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo. However, due to the Siege of Sarajevo, Tanović was forced to stop his studies in 1992.

Immediately after, Tanović joined a film crew that followed the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, going on dangerous missions. The material that Tanović 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, Tanović decided to resume his studies, this time in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. In 1997, Tanović completed his studies in Brussels, graduating at the top of his class. During his studies he made several critically acclaimed documentary films.

Shortly after, Tanović 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, while in competition with French Amélie. Tanović was presented the Oscar by John Travolta and Sharon Stone. Briefly after, Tanović thanked everyone who worked with him on the film and supported its creation. He ended his acceptance speech by saying, "This is for my country, Bosnia", expressing his devotion and patriotism to his home country.

In total, No Man's Land won 42 awards, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, 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. Upon international theatrical release, the film was embraced by critics and those who went to see it, for its darkly humorous and gripping tale on the absurdity of war. It is probably the most awarded first feature film in a history of film making.

Tanović's second feature project was L'Enfer, completed in 2005, from the screenplay by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski 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).

Tanović holds joint Bosnian and Belgian citizenship and lives in Sarajevo with his wife and five children. He lived in Paris until 2007.

Tanović announced in March 2008 that he would be founding a political party, Naša Stranka, 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.

His 2010 film Cirkus Columbia was selected as the Bosnian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards, but it didn't make the final shortlist.

In June 2011, he 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 prices: Best Actor and the Jury Grand Prix (Silver Bear).

Currently, he works as a professor of film directing at Akademija Scenskih Umjetnosti in Sarajevo

Best films

The Lunchbox (2013)
(Co-Producer)
No Man's Land (2001)
(Director)
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013)
(Director)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Danis Tanović (9 films)

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Director

Death in Sarajevo, 1h25
Directed by Danis Tanović
Origin Bosnie
Genres Drama
Actors Jacques Weber, Luna Mijović
Rating64% 3.2488053.2488053.2488053.2488053.248805
Adapté d'une pièce de Bernard-Henri Lévy, ce film explore les peurs existentielles et les dilemmes moraux de l'Europe contemporaine.
Tigers
Tigers (2014)
, 1h30
Directed by Danis Tanović
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Emraan Hashmi, Supriya Pathak, Geetanjali Thapa, Danny Huston, Khalid Abdalla, Adil Hussain
Rating72% 3.644563.644563.644563.644563.64456
Ayan (Emran Hashmi) is a young, recently married salesman who gets a job peddling locally made drugs to pharmacies and doctors. Despite the fact that the Pakistani-manufactured pharmaceuticals he sells are much cheaper than those sold by Western competitors, no one will trust or buy products that lack major brand names. His wife encourages him to apply for a job with Lasta, a large multinational, and Ayan is hired on a trial basis. It's not long before his natural charm and knack for glad-handing make him into a minor star, and Lasta expands his responsibilities. However, one day he is devastated to see first-hand what the selling of baby formula really means in certain cases. Shocked, Ayan sets out to challenge the system and the powers that be.
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, 1h15
Directed by Danis Tanović
Origin Bosnie
Genres Drama, Documentary
Actors Nazif Mujić
Rating67% 3.3968153.3968153.3968153.3968153.396815
Nazif est ferrailleur. Il vit en Bosnie avec sa femme, Senada, et leurs 2 filles. Un jour, Senada se plaint de terribles maux de ventre et doit se faire hospitaliser d’urgence. Mais faute de couverture sociale, le couple doit payer l'opération : une somme considérable qu'ils n'ont pas. Pendant 10 jours, Nazif fait tout pour sauver la vie de Senada en cherchant de l'aide auprès des institutions et en tentant de trouver toujours plus de fer à vendre.
Triage
Triage (2009)
, 1h39
Directed by Danis Tanović
Origin Irlande
Genres Drama, War, Thriller
Themes Political films
Actors Colin Farrell, Paz Vega, Alicja Bachleda-Curuś, Christopher Lee, Kelly Reilly, Branko Đurić
Rating64% 3.2497453.2497453.2497453.2497453.249745
Set in 1988, Mark Walsh (Colin Farrell) is a photojournalist who has earned a reputation for working in some of the most unforgiving locations on Earth. When his editor Amy (Juliet Stevenson) asks him to cover Saddam Hussein's campaign against the Kurds, Mark takes the assignment and thinks little of it. His wife Elena (Paz Vega) is considerably more concerned. Mark and his friend and fellow photographer David (Jamie Sives) head off to the war full of confidence. Mark takes photographs of brutally injured soldiers and of a doctor who shoots them dead to spare their suffering. Later on, Mark is seen mildly injured in what he claims to be an accident in the river and he then comes home alone after being separated from David. Elena notices that he is like a different person, gaunt and unable to relax.
Hell
Hell (2005)
, 1h38
Directed by Danis Tanović
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Emmanuelle Béart, Marie Gillain, Carole Bouquet, Karin Viard, Jacques Gamblin, Jacques Perrin
Rating68% 3.4468153.4468153.4468153.4468153.446815
The film is set in Paris and is about three sisters: Celine, Anne and Sophie. It starts with a scene in which a woman and her young daughter (who we later find out is Celine) walk into an office and see two people: her father, and a young man who is naked.
11'09''01 - September 11, 2h15
Directed by Sean Penn, Claude Lelouch, Amos Gitaï, Youssef Chahine, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Danis Tanović, Ken Loach, Idrissa Ouédraogo, Shōhei Imamura, Mira Nair, Samira Makhmalbaf
Origin Iran
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on the September 11 attacks, Medical-themed films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Films about disabilities, Dans un avion, Disaster films, Sign-language films, French Sign Language films, Films about language and translation, Films about hijackings
Actors Ernest Borgnine, Emmanuelle Laborit, Akira Emoto, Mitsuko Baisho, Ken Ogata, Keren Mor
Rating69% 3.496743.496743.496743.496743.49674
Dans un village au Moyen-Orient, la population se prépare à des représailles américaines en préparant des abris de terre cuite. Personne n'appréhende vraiment ce qui s'est passé à New York, mais ils savent que, même s'ils n'ont rien à voir avec cela, ils vont en subir les conséquences. Le film dénonce la manière dont des villages innocents dont la réalité n'a rien à voir avec les attentats du 11 septembre subissent finalement le même sort que les tours, sans vraiment comprendre.
No Man's Land, 1h38
Directed by Danis Tanović
Origin Bosnie
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Action, Historical
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Branko Đurić, Katrin Cartlidge, René Bitorajac, Georges Siatidis, Filip Šovagović, Mustafa Nadarević
Rating79% 3.9989553.9989553.9989553.9989553.998955
Two wounded soldiers, a Bosniak (Čiki, portrayed by Branko Đurić) and a Bosnian Serb (Nino, portrayed by Rene Bitorajac) are caught between their lines in the no man's land, in a struggle for survival. The two soldiers confront each other in a trench, where they wait for dark. They trade insults and even find some common ground. Confounding the situation is another wounded Bosniak soldier (Cera, portrayed by Filip Šovagović) who wakes from unconsciousness. A land mine had been buried beneath him by the Bosnian Serbs; should he make any move, it would be fatal.

Scriptwriter

Death in Sarajevo, 1h25
Directed by Danis Tanović
Origin Bosnie
Genres Drama
Actors Jacques Weber, Luna Mijović
Roles Writer
Rating64% 3.2488053.2488053.2488053.2488053.248805
Adapté d'une pièce de Bernard-Henri Lévy, ce film explore les peurs existentielles et les dilemmes moraux de l'Europe contemporaine.
Tigers
Tigers (2014)
, 1h30
Directed by Danis Tanović
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Emraan Hashmi, Supriya Pathak, Geetanjali Thapa, Danny Huston, Khalid Abdalla, Adil Hussain
Roles Story
Rating72% 3.644563.644563.644563.644563.64456
Ayan (Emran Hashmi) is a young, recently married salesman who gets a job peddling locally made drugs to pharmacies and doctors. Despite the fact that the Pakistani-manufactured pharmaceuticals he sells are much cheaper than those sold by Western competitors, no one will trust or buy products that lack major brand names. His wife encourages him to apply for a job with Lasta, a large multinational, and Ayan is hired on a trial basis. It's not long before his natural charm and knack for glad-handing make him into a minor star, and Lasta expands his responsibilities. However, one day he is devastated to see first-hand what the selling of baby formula really means in certain cases. Shocked, Ayan sets out to challenge the system and the powers that be.
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, 1h15
Directed by Danis Tanović
Origin Bosnie
Genres Drama, Documentary
Actors Nazif Mujić
Rating67% 3.3968153.3968153.3968153.3968153.396815
Nazif est ferrailleur. Il vit en Bosnie avec sa femme, Senada, et leurs 2 filles. Un jour, Senada se plaint de terribles maux de ventre et doit se faire hospitaliser d’urgence. Mais faute de couverture sociale, le couple doit payer l'opération : une somme considérable qu'ils n'ont pas. Pendant 10 jours, Nazif fait tout pour sauver la vie de Senada en cherchant de l'aide auprès des institutions et en tentant de trouver toujours plus de fer à vendre.
Triage
Triage (2009)
, 1h39
Directed by Danis Tanović
Origin Irlande
Genres Drama, War, Thriller
Themes Political films
Actors Colin Farrell, Paz Vega, Alicja Bachleda-Curuś, Christopher Lee, Kelly Reilly, Branko Đurić
Roles Writer
Rating64% 3.2497453.2497453.2497453.2497453.249745
Set in 1988, Mark Walsh (Colin Farrell) is a photojournalist who has earned a reputation for working in some of the most unforgiving locations on Earth. When his editor Amy (Juliet Stevenson) asks him to cover Saddam Hussein's campaign against the Kurds, Mark takes the assignment and thinks little of it. His wife Elena (Paz Vega) is considerably more concerned. Mark and his friend and fellow photographer David (Jamie Sives) head off to the war full of confidence. Mark takes photographs of brutally injured soldiers and of a doctor who shoots them dead to spare their suffering. Later on, Mark is seen mildly injured in what he claims to be an accident in the river and he then comes home alone after being separated from David. Elena notices that he is like a different person, gaunt and unable to relax.
11'09''01 - September 11, 2h15
Directed by Sean Penn, Claude Lelouch, Amos Gitaï, Youssef Chahine, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Danis Tanović, Ken Loach, Idrissa Ouédraogo, Shōhei Imamura, Mira Nair, Samira Makhmalbaf
Origin Iran
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on the September 11 attacks, Medical-themed films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Films about disabilities, Dans un avion, Disaster films, Sign-language films, French Sign Language films, Films about language and translation, Films about hijackings
Actors Ernest Borgnine, Emmanuelle Laborit, Akira Emoto, Mitsuko Baisho, Ken Ogata, Keren Mor
Rating69% 3.496743.496743.496743.496743.49674
Dans un village au Moyen-Orient, la population se prépare à des représailles américaines en préparant des abris de terre cuite. Personne n'appréhende vraiment ce qui s'est passé à New York, mais ils savent que, même s'ils n'ont rien à voir avec cela, ils vont en subir les conséquences. Le film dénonce la manière dont des villages innocents dont la réalité n'a rien à voir avec les attentats du 11 septembre subissent finalement le même sort que les tours, sans vraiment comprendre.
No Man's Land, 1h38
Directed by Danis Tanović
Origin Bosnie
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Action, Historical
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Branko Đurić, Katrin Cartlidge, René Bitorajac, Georges Siatidis, Filip Šovagović, Mustafa Nadarević
Roles Writer
Rating79% 3.9989553.9989553.9989553.9989553.998955
Two wounded soldiers, a Bosniak (Čiki, portrayed by Branko Đurić) and a Bosnian Serb (Nino, portrayed by Rene Bitorajac) are caught between their lines in the no man's land, in a struggle for survival. The two soldiers confront each other in a trench, where they wait for dark. They trade insults and even find some common ground. Confounding the situation is another wounded Bosniak soldier (Cera, portrayed by Filip Šovagović) who wakes from unconsciousness. A land mine had been buried beneath him by the Bosnian Serbs; should he make any move, it would be fatal.