Bogdan Žižić

Bogdan Žižić
Born (1934-11-08) 8 November 1934
Solin, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
(present-day Croatia)
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1964–1998

Bogdan Žižić (born 8 November 1934 in Solin) is a Croatian film director and screenwriter. Žižić is regarded as one of the most prolific Croatian directors of short documentary films, and is also known for several critically acclaimed feature films made in the 1970s.[1]

Žižić had graduated from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law before taking up filmmaking in the early 1960s. From 1960 to 1964 he worked as a dramaturge at the Zagreb Film production company, and he had his directing debut with the 1964 film The Flood (Croatian: Poplava), a documentary about the 1964 Zagreb flood. He went on to make a number of acclaimed documentaries in the 1960s and 1970s, mostly dealing with social issues and art.

After making a few surrealist experimental short films in the early 1970s, Žižić started making feature films, his most notable works being The House (Kuća, 1975) and Don't Lean Out the Window (Ne naginji se van, 1977), which both won the Big Golden Arena for Best Film awards at the 1975 and 1977 editions of the Pula Film Festival.[2][3] This made him the only film director whose first two feature films both won the award.[1]

In the second half of the 1980s and in the early 1990s Žižić served as head of Zagreb Film.[1] In 2008 Žižić was awarded the Vladimir Nazor Award for Life Achievement,[4] and in 2009 Žižić was named as the inaugural winner of the Honorary Stamp life achievement award "for contributions to documentary filmmaking" at the 2009 ZagrebDox film festival, along with American filmmaker Jon Alpert.[5]



  1. 1 2 3 "Bogdan Žižić". Baza HR kinematografije (in Croatian). Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  2. "22. Pulski filmski festival" (in Croatian). Pula Film Festival. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  3. "24. Pulski flmski festival" (in Croatian). Pula Film Festival. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  4. "Dobitnici "Nagrade Vladimir Nazor" za 2008. godinu" (in Croatian). Croatian Ministry of Culture. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  5. "Otvoren 5. ZagrebDox" (in Croatian). ZagrebDox. 23 February 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2010.

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