Emir Kusturica is a Serbian filmmaker recognized for several internationally acclaimed feature films. He also acted in different films, the latest being the French film “L’affaire Farewell”. As well as being an excellent musician in a band named The No Smoking Orchestra in which he plays guitar.
His first feature film named “Do You Remember Dolly Bell?”, filmed in 1981, is set in the early 60’s in one of Sarajevo’s neibourhoods. The satirical “When Father was away on Business” film, released in 1985, won two Palmes d’Or in Cannes the same year. The story is set after World War II in Yugoslavia, told trough the eyes of a young boy. In 1989 he will film “Time of th Gypses”, it is considered as one of his best films. Emir won a award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival. the story is set in a little vilage in Yugoslavia, and revolves around the character named Pehran, a Gypsy teenager with telekinetic powers. In 1993 his film “Arizona Dream” introduces Axel, a young man with a dream about Eskimos and flying halibut, a type of rare fish, his cousin a third zone actor and his uncle, who owns a dying business selling cadillacs, as well as the two tormented characters of Elaine and Grace, a mother and daughter living together in the Arizona desert. “Underground” follows three characters through Yugoslavia’s history, from World War II to the Cold War and finally the Yugoslav wars. The film won the Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) award at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. In 1998 the movie “Black Cat, White Cat” won the Silver Lion for Best Direction at the Venice Film Festival. This film is my favorite with Underground. The story is set on the banks of the Danube river in eastern Serbia. “Life is a Miracle” introduces characters from Bosnia and Serbia through the construction of a railway between the two country. The story is set before and during the conflict that stoke the two countries in 1992. In 2007 “Promise Me This” was screened at the Cannes Festival for the first time. the story is set in Zlatibor District. The film shows the differences between city and country through the love story between Tsane, a young boy living in a remote village and Jasna, a schoolgirl from the city. “Maradona”, filmed in 2008, is a documentary about the famous Argentinian ex-footballer. As a huge fan of the footballer and in order to pay homage to him, Emir decided to treat all the aspects of Maradona’s life. The documentary mixes historical goal and interviews of Maradona himself, about his successes and defeats in his life and career life
His films and his way of seeing things, give hopes and dreams of a better and happier world. They are a mix of History and history. Each stories takes place in real Historical moments such as World War II, and each one of them succeed in making you smile, despite the seriousness of the subject. His eccentric quirky lovable characters and their stories damper the gravity of the moment, and gives a new face to the events. Weddings are an important part of Emir’s film, as well as animals. Weddings are the symbol of the happy endings. His films are tales of the modern life.
Two films are expected in 2011 and a third in 2012.