Emir Kusturica

Bass player, Lyricist, Actor
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative filmmakers of his generation, Emir Kusturica twice won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or before the age of 40, and, film for film, it is difficult to think of a more ... Read more »
Born: 11/24/1954 in Bosnia And Herzegovina

Filmography

Director (16)

On the Milky Road 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Words with Gods 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hungry Heart 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Maradona by Kusturica 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Promise Me This 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

All the Invisible Children 2005 (Movie)

(Serbia-Montenegro segment) (Director)

Life is a Miracle 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Super 8 Stories 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Super 8 Stories By Emir Kusturica 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Cat, White Cat 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Underground 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Arizona Dream 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Time of the Gypsies 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Do You Remember Dolly Bell? 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

When Father Was Away on Business 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Guernica 1975 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (15)

On the Milky Road 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Words with Gods 2015 (Movie)

Monk (Actor)

La foresta di ghiaccio 2014 (Movie)

Secondo (Actor)

Au bonheur des ogres 2013 (Movie)

Stojil (Actor)

Dreamers 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

7 Days in Havana 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vir 2012 (Movie)

Bogdanov otac (Actor)

Nicostratos the Pelican 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Farewell 2010 (Movie)

Grigoriev (Actor)

Hermano 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Viaggio Segreto 2005 (Movie)

Harold (Actor)

The Good Thief 2003 (Movie)

Vladimir (Actor)

Super 8 Stories 2001 (Movie)

Emir Kusturica (Actor)

The Widow of Saint Pierre 2001 (Movie)

Ariel Neel Auguste (Actor)

Underground 1997 (Movie)

Dealer (Actor)
Writer (11)

On the Milky Road 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hungry Heart 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Maradona by Kusturica 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Promise Me This 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Life is a Miracle 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Black Cat, White Cat 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Underground 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arizona Dream 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Time of the Gypsies 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Strategija svrake 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zivot Radnika 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (6)

Mozzarella Stories 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Promise Me This 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gucha 2006 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Life is a Miracle 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Super 8 Stories 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Super 8 Stories By Emir Kusturica 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (3)

Life is a Miracle 2004 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Take Me Away 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Black Cat, White Cat 1999 (Movie)

(Music)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Super 8 Stories 2001 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Biography

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative filmmakers of his generation, Emir Kusturica twice won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or before the age of 40, and, film for film, it is difficult to think of a more consistently lauded artist than this Bosnian-born director. Possessing the persona of a rock star (he once played bass in the agit-rock band No Smoking and still makes guest appearances with them), he is the antithesis of the Hollywood director, viewing the world as a naif or a dreamer and only helming projects that move him strongly. Though the commerce of movies remains foreign to Kusturica, the opportunity to make a visual statement still drives his work. No fan of the close-up, he always tries to connect one person with what is going on in the midground and background (much like John Frankenheimer), and he has successfully worked with non-actors in the tradition of Italian neo-realism (e.g., Roberto Rossellini). As a result of his unpopular stand regarding the civil war in the former Yugoslavia, however, he finds himself scorned in his own land, literally a director without a country.

Relationships

Maja Kusturica

Wife
script girl for "Black Cat, White Cat"

Stribor Kusturica

Son
born c. 1978 plays drums in the agit-rock band Zabranjeno Pusenje (No Smoking), in which his father used to play bass

EDUCATION

FAMU

1978
studied under Jiri Menzel; met Vilko Filac, future cinematographer on all of his films through "Underground"

Milestones

2003

Cast in the comedy feature "The Good Thief"

2000

Signed to make feature acting debut in Patrice Leconte's "La Veuve de St. Pierre" opposite Juliette Binoche

1998

Helmed "Black Cat, White Cat", once again expressing his passion for gypsy culture; reteamed with screenwriter Gordon Mihic

1996

Rescinded retirement; announced he would return to filmmaking in spring 1997 with a comedy to star French actor Daniel Auteil; project eventually abandoned

1995

Announced retirement from filmmaking in December

1995

Won second Palme d'Or for controversial "Underground"; third and last collaboration with Bregovic

1991

Bregovic-Iggy Pop songs were a distinctive feature of his English-language film "Arizona Dream", starring Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway and Jerry Lewis

1988

Composer Goran Bregovic provided haunting music for "Time of the Gypsies"; co-scripted with Gordon Mihic

1988

Began teaching film directing at Columbia University

1987

Co-scripted (with Mladen Mareric) Zlatco Lavanic's "The Magpie Strategy"

1985

"When Father Was Away on Business" (scripted by Sidran) won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival

1981

Feature directorial debut "Do You Remember Dolly Bell?"; also co-scripted with Muslim poet Abdulah Sidran

1978

First TV-movie, "The Brides Are Coming"

1976

Directed student film, "Guernica"

Professor of drama at Sarajevo Theater Academy

Began making amateur films in high school

Bonus Trivia

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His last name is pronounced KOOS-tah-reet-sah.

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