Zvonimir Jurić

Zvonimir Jurić
Born (1971-06-04) 4 June 1971
Osijek, SFR Yugoslavia
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1996–present

Zvonimir Jurić (born 4 June 1971) is a Croatian film director and screenwriter. In 2009 he co-directed and co-write the 2009 psychological war drama titled The Blacks.

Early life

Born in Osijek, SFR Yugoslavia, on 4 June 1971, Jurić finished his primary and secondary education in his hometown. As a teenager the 1980s he appeared in minor roles in a number of TV series produced by TV Zagreb such as the 10-part biographical series Nikola Tesla (1977), the Partisan series Nepokoreni grad (1982) and the popular children's series Smogovci (1982).[1]


After graduating from high school Jurić spent the 1991–92 semester studying film directing at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In 1992 he returned to Croatia and enrolled at the film directing department of the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. While a student at the academy Jurić directed several short films and documentaries.[2]

Feature film directorial debut

His feature film directorial debut (which he co-directed and co-written with Goran Dević) was a critically acclaimed 2009 psychological war drama titled The Blacks. The film deals with a fictional Croatian Army unit who refuse to lay down their arms during a cease-fire in the Croatian War of Independence.[3] The film won Jurić and Dević the Golden Arena for Best Director at the 2009 Pula Film Festival, the Croatian national film awards. It went on to be selected as Croatia's submission to the 83rd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film,[4] but it failed to make the final shortlist.[5]



  1. "Zvonimir Juric". Internet Movie database. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  2. "Zvonimir Jurić". Film.hr (in Croatian). Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  3. "Crnci". Filmski.net (in Croatian). Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  4. "The Blacks represents Croatia for Oscar bid". filmneweurope. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
  5. "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
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