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Jasmin Dizdar

Jasmin Dizdar is a British-Bosnian film director and screenwriter best known for his feature film Beautiful People (1999) and World War Two thriller Chosen (2016), staring Harvey Keitel. Both ironic and entirely sincere, Dizdar directs in a style that combines realism with a playful imagination. The screen hums with rapid cuts and inventive uses ... See full bio »
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Chosen Director
Les Européens
Les Européens Director
Beautiful People
Beautiful People Director
After Silence
After Silence Director


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 2016/II Chosen
 2006 Les Européens (segment "Mamma Roma")
 1988 Our Sweet Homeland (TV Short)
 1987 After Silence (Short)
 1986 Heroes Sleep Quietly (Short)
 1986 Crucifixions (Short)
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 2006 Les Européens (segment "Mamma Roma")
 1999 Beautiful People (written by)
 1988 Our Sweet Homeland (TV Short) (written by)
 1987 After Silence (Short) (writer)
 1986 Heroes Sleep Quietly (Short) (written by)
 1986 Crucifixions (Short) (written by)
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 2006 Les Européens
Humans rights protestor
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 1999 Beautiful People (original song: performed by: singer)
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 2010 As If I Am Not There (thanks)

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Radio play for BBC Radio 4 Plays for Today: "An Intimate Tragedy" - co-writer See more »

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6' 5" (1.96 m)

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(on beginnings): I used to write stories at school and the teacher would read them out in class. One day she put them in for a big competition and I won. I did a little book of cartoons in my room and then I was encouraged to make a film of it. The great thing about communism was that every town had to have a film club even if it was considered an empty good-for-nothing place. That's where me and... See more »


His daughter Lily Dizdar, is also an award-winning filmmaker.

He gave his daughter the name of his primary school literature teacher Ljilja (English version; Lily) who encouraged him to write, which led to winning his first award for best short story titled "History Hour". See more »


Transforms outsiders into unlikely heroes. See more »



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