Jasmila Žbanić

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Jasmila Žbanić (2010)

Jasmila Žbanić (born December 19, 1974 in Sarajevo ) is a Bosnian film director living in Germany .

life and work

Žbanić received her training at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo. In 1995 she went to the USA and worked as a puppeteer in the Bread and Puppet Theater . In 1997 she came back to Sarajevo and started a film production company. She shot several art videos and documentaries herself, which were shown at the 2004 Documenta in Kassel . Her feature film debut Grbavica - Grbavica was awarded the 2006 Golden Bear at the International Film Festival in Berlin excellent.

She was voted number 3 of the personalities of 2006 by the daily newspaper Nezavisne Novine from Banja Luka .

In 2010 she received another invitation to the competition of the 60th Berlin Film Festival for her feature film Between Us Das Paradies (English-language festival title: On the Path ) . In the same year, at the Munich Film Festival , she received the Peace Prize of German Film - The Bridge, endowed with 10,000 euros, for this film, which was released in German cinemas on September 2, 2010 under the distribution title Between Us, Paradise .

On February 23, 2014, Žbanić received the KAIROS Prize 2014 at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg .

Your feature film Quo Vadis, Aida? about the massacre in Srebrenica was invited to the 2020 Golden Lion competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival . The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards 2021 and received the European Film Award in December 2021, as did Žbanić for best director.

In 2021 she was appointed to the international jury of the 71st Berlin Film Festival . In the same year she headed the jury of the Orizzonti sub-section at the 78th Venice Film Festival .

Jasmila Žbanić lives in Berlin.

Political commitment

During the protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014 , Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović visited the city of Mostar . Žbanić criticized this visit as part of an interview for the H-Alter portal and ended the interview with the words “Milanoviću, marš kući!”, Meaning “Milanović, march home!”. Her statement was then quoted on the evening news of several Croatian TV channels.

Žbanić is a member of the movement Democracy in Europe 2025 (DiEM25), founded in 2016, and a signatory of the declaration published in 2017 on the common language of Croatians , Serbs , Bosniaks and Montenegrins .


Awards (selection)

European film award

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. KAIROS Prize - Previous winners: Prize winner 2014 - Jasmila Zbanic. In: toepfer-stiftung.de. Alfred Toepfer Foundation FVS, accessed on December 11, 2021 .
  2. 77th Film Festival: "Quo Vadis, Aida": Austrian co-production in the competition in Venice. In: Small newspaper . July 28, 2020, accessed July 28, 2020 .
  3. Austrian co-production is in competition at the Venice Film Festival. In: The press . July 28, 2020, accessed July 28, 2020 .
  4. "Quo Vadis, Aida?" Wins the European Film Prize . In: The mirror . December 11, 2021, ISSN  2195-1349 ( spiegel.de [accessed December 11, 2021]).
  5. The International Juries of the Biennale Cinema 2021. In: labiennale.org. July 21, 2021, accessed July 22, 2010 .
  6. ^ Dpa: Venice director: Enough films about war from a men's perspective. In: welt.de. September 3, 2020, accessed December 12, 2021 .
  7. Strah se seli u kosti Krivača. Redateljica Jasmila Žbanić, politolog Vedran Džihić, filozof Hrvoje Jurić, pisac i novinar Faruk Šehić, glazbenik Damir Imamović, activist Miodrag Dakić i analitičar Enver Kazaz za "H-Age" komentiraju bosanske prosvjede. In: Zeit Online. Udruga za nezavisnu medijsku kulturu, Zagreb, February 9, 2014, accessed on February 9, 2014 .
  8. MB: Slavna redateljica poručila Milanoviću: 'Marš kući!' In: rtl.hr. RTL Sva prava pridržana, February 10, 2014, accessed on December 12, 2021 (Croatian).
  9. ^ Website of the DiEM25 movement
  10. Derk, Denis: Declaration on the common language of Croats, Serbs, Bosniaks and Montenegrins is adopted . In: Večernji list . March 28, 2017, ISSN  0350-5006 , p. 6–7 ( vecernji.hr [accessed on May 9, 2019] Serbo-Croatian: Donosi se Deklaracija o zajedničkom jeziku Hrvata, Srba, Bošnjaka i Crnogoraca .). (Archived on WebCite ( Memento from May 23, 2017 on WebCite ))
  11. European Film Award goes to "Quo Vadis, Aida?" In: ORF.at . December 11, 2021, accessed December 11, 2021 .