Emir Kusturica is a Serbian film director, musician, actor, producer and writer born in Sarajevo in 1954.
He received a degree in film directing at FAMU in Prague in 1978. His first feature Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981), won a Best First Work Award in Venice. When Father Was Away on Business (1985) won a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Time of the Gypsies (1988) brought Kusturica the award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, while Arizona Dream brought him a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1993.
Kusturica’s Underground (1995) won a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and he got a Silver Lion for his Black Cat, White Cat (1998) at the Venice Film Festival. His documentary Super 8 Stories (2000) won the Best Film award at the St. Petersburg Documentary Festival in 2001. He directed Life is a Miracle in 2004 and Promise Me This in 2007. After this movie, Kusturica directed Maradona by Kusturica. Time of the Gypsies, his punk-opera that was based on the themes of the movie, was first staged in the Opera Bastille in Paris in 2007. He returned to Venice in 2016, when his On the Milky Road was shown and then two years later with his latest film El Pepe, A Life Supreme.
He is the founder and a member of the band, “Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra” which performs all around the world.
Emir Kusturica is founder and director of Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival.