Emir Hadžihafizbegović

Emir Hadžihafizbegović
Born (1961-08-20) 20 August 1961
Tuzla, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Aida

Emir Hadžihafizbegović (born 20 August 1961) is a Bosnian film, theater and television actor. He has appeared in over 50 films such as When Father Was Away on Business (1985), Remake (2003), Fuse (2003), Days and Hours (2004), The Border Post (2006), Grbavica (2006), Armin (2007), Death of a Man in the Balkans (2012), These Are the Rules (2014), and Our Everyday Life (2015).

He is also known for his recurring roles on television series Viza za budućnost, Naša mala klinika and Lud, zbunjen, normalan.


Emir Hadžihafizbegović was born on 20 August 1961 in the city Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, while it was a part of Yugoslavia. His parents were Mustafa Hadžihafizbegović (born 1929) and Nizama. He has an older brother named Irfan.

Originally an aspiring sports reporter, Hadžihafizbegović moved to Sarajevo and entered the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo in 1982, receiving his diploma in 1986.


He made his film debut as Fahro Zulfikarpašić in the film When Father Was Away on Business (1985), written by Abdulah Sidran and directed by Emir Kusturica.[1] Hadžihafizbegović appeared in two television films and a guest role on a Yugoslav television series before landing the role of a bartender from Bosansko Grahovo in the 1987 film Hajde da se volimo 2 with Bosnian pop star Lepa Brena, as well popular Yugoslav actors Bata Živojinović and Dragomir Bojanić. He revisited his role in Hajde da se volimo 3 (1990).

His career went on hiatus in 1992 due to the breakup of Yugoslavia and the breakout of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hadžihafizbegović reappeared in Bosnian cinema in the 2003 war film Remake, by screenwriter Zlatko Topčić, and Fuse with Enis Bešlagić.

Screenwriter and director Miroslav Momčilović sent Hadžihafizbegović the script for Death of a Man in the Balkans (2012) in 2010, hoping to hire him in the lead role of Aca.[2] Hadžihafizbegović has said that his role of a parent whose child dies in These Are the Rules (2014) was the most difficult in his entire career.[3]

Personal life

His wife is Aida. Together they have two children: a son Edin (born 1990) and a daughter Amra (born 1994).

Hadžihafizbegović was involved in a fatal road accident on the night of 12 October 2014 in the village Bročice near Novska, Croatia when he accidentally hit the driver and one of the two passengers of another car who were standing on the left side of the highway repairing a flat tire.[4] One of the people he hit was 63-year-old Ankica Kuduz, mother of Croatian model Lana Kuduz, who died soon after of her injuries in a Nova Gradiška hospital.[5][6] The driver and Hadžihafizbegović were also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

On 11 March 2016, Hadžihafizbegović admitted guilt and was put on probation for four years and sentenced to one year imprisonment by the Municipal Criminal Court in Sisak, which will not be executed if he does not commit another criminal offense by 2020.[7] Expert witness testimony at the trial also established that the actor had exceeded the speed limit the night of the accident and had attempted to drive around a parked car. Following the crash, Hadžihafizbegović befriended the victims daughter Lana.[8]


He received the Golden Arena for best actor at the Pula Film Festival and Best Actor Award at the Durban International Film Festival. On the final day of the 71st Venice International Film Festival on 6 September 2014 Hadžihafizbegović was awarded the "Special Orizzonti Award for Best Actor or Actress" in the film These Are the Rules.[9]


Hadžihafizbegović was also the Minister of Culture and Sport in Sarajevo Canton.


Feature films

Television films

  • Veliki talenat (1984)
  • Audicija (1985)
  • Ćao, ćao, bambina! (1988)
  • Nepitani (1999)
  • Borac (2001)

Television series


  • 42 ½ (2003)
  • Prva plata (2005)
  • Ram za sliku moje domovine (2005; documentary short)
  • Vidimo se u Sarajevu (2008)


  1. "Ja sam svoj ego odavno poderao". Story. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  2. "Pristao sam na eksperiment". Blic. 12 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  3. "Film uradio više nego politika". Blic. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  4. "Glumac Emir Hadžihafizbegović kolima usmrtio ženu, i sam povređen u nesreći". Blic. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  5. "Emir Hadžihafizbegović usmrtio majku poznate manekenke". Večernji list. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. "Emir Hadžihafizbegović usmrtio majku poznate manekenke, ona se spasila jer je preskočila ogradu". Blic. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  7. "Emir Hadžihafizbegović osuđen na godinu dana zatvora, uvjetno na četiri godine". Večernji list. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  8. "Emir Hadžihafizbegović osuđen na godinu zatvora". Story. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  9. , La Biennale di Venezia

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