Participant profile: Srdjan Koljevic

We sweep back north, up to Serbia to discover more about screenwriter and director Srdjan Koljevic.

Serbian delegate: Srdjan Koljevic

Srdjan Koljevic

Srdjan was born in Sarajevo, and studied dramaturgy at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts (FDU), in Belgrade. Today, he is a professor of screenwriting at his old alma mater.

He came to critical attention in 1993 with the script of his first film Kazi zasto me ostavi (which he co-wrote with director Oleg Novkovic), and followed it with a series of co-writing credits on feature films: Strsljen (The Hornet, 1998), Nebeska udica (Sky Hook,1999),  Natasa (2001), Normalni ljudi (2001) and Boban hockeystjärnan (Boban the Hockey Star, 2003).

In 2004 he wrote and directed  Sivi kamion crvene boje (The Red Colored Grey Truck), which catapulted him to international recognition. The film went on to garner awards around the world, including: the FIPRESCI Prize at the Warsaw International Film Festival, the Special Jury Award at the Sofia International Film Festival, the Hessian Film Award, and three awards (Special Mention, Award of Independent Cinema Owners, and Audience Award) at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival.

Srdjan is the co-writer (with Melina Pota Koljevic) of the film Klopka (The Trap, 2007). It won seven international awards, and was on the short-list of 9 candidates for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award 2008. The remake rights were sold to Hollywood.

Since then he has co-written Ljubav i drugi zlocini (Love and Other Crimes, 2008). Srdjan’s new film as writer-director is Zena sa slomljenim nosem (The Woman With the Broken Nose, 2009) which is in post-production.


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