Danis Tanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Danis Tanović was born in Zenica, Bosnia and was raised in Sarajevo.

Danis studied at the University of Sarajevo Music Conservatory where he played the piano. Danis also studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo but had to abandon his studies in 1992 due to the Siege of Sarajevo.

Immediately Danis followed the Bosnia and Herzegovina Army with a film crew that followed the army on their missions.

Danis left the film crew almost two years later and resumed his studies in Belgium, graduating in 1997 at the top of his class. He had already made several critically acclaimed documentaries during his studies.

Tanović lives in Sarajevo despite holding Belgian and Bosnian citizenship and works as a professor of Film Direction at the Academy of Performing Arts.


  • L'aube
    14', Belgium, 1996
  • No Man's Land
    98', Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2001
  • September 11
    134', UK/France/Egypt, 2002
  • L'enfer/Hell
    102', France, 2005
  • Triage/Shell Shock
    99', Ireland/Spain/Belgium/France, 2009
  • Cirkus Columbia/Circus Columbia
    113', Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010
  • Prtljag
    27', Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011
  • An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
    75', Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2013

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