Jasmila Žbanić

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Born in Sarajevo in 1974, Jasmila is a graduate of her native city’s Academy of Dramatic Arts, Theatre and Film Directing Department. Before filmmaking, she also worked as a puppeteer in the Vermont-based Bread and Puppet Theater and as a clown in a Lee Delong workshop. Her feature debut GRBAVICA won the 2006 Berlinale Golden Bear (as well as the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Peace Prize), the AFI (American Film Institute) Fest Grand Jury Prize, Grand Prix Odyssey of the European Council and was sold to 40 territories with great success. ON THE PATH, Jasmila’s second feature film, premiered at the 2010 Berlinale, in the Competition section. The film had worldwide distribution on 25 territories and won numerous awards including Filmkunstfestival Schwerin Award for Best Director, Golden Apricot IFF Yerevan – FIPRESCI Prize, Pula Film Festival 2010 – Golden Arena for Best Director, Nomination – European Film Award for Best Actress. Jasmila’s third feature, FOR THOSE WHO CAN TELL NO TALES, made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and won the 2013 Femme de Cinema Award at Les Arcs European Film Festival.

All her films were produced through Deblokada, an artists’ association that she founded.

Jasmila’s films and video works have been displayed at dozens of art exhibitions worldwide such as Manifesta 3, the Istanbul Biennial, Museum Fridericianum Kassel, Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, New Museum in New York… She is the recipient of the 2014 KAIROS Prize which honors European artists whose work is judged to have a major cultural and social impact.

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY

2014 LOVE ISLAND
2013 FOR THOSE WHO CAN TELL NO TALES
2009 ON THE PATH / NA PUTU
2008 PARTICIPATION (short, part of the omnibus STORIES ON HUMAN RIGHTS)
2007 BUILDER’S DIARY (documentary)
2006 GRBAVICA
2004 BIRTHDAY (short, part of the omnibus LOST AND FOUND)
2003 IMAGES FROM THE CORNER (documentary)