Director / Screenwriter
PJER ŽALICA was born in Sarajevo in 1964. He graduated in Directing from the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts at Department in 1995, where he is now a Professor of Directing. During the 1992-1995 war in Sarajevo, he was an active member of the Sarajevo Group of Authors (SaGA), making numerous documentary films about the war and the siege, including THE BOAT in 1992, WAR ACADEMY and GODOT SARAJEVO in 1993, MGM SARAJEVO in 1994 and CHILDREN LIKE ALL OTHERS in 1995. The film MGM SARAJEVO, which he co-directed (La Quinzaine des Realisateurs – Cannes 1994), as well as his short film THE END OF UNPLEASANT TIMES, have been shown at some of the most significant festivals worldwide – Cannes, Montreal, London, Rome, Rotterdam, Gothenburg, Sarajevo. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the European Film Academy Award for documentary film in 1994. Žalica was the co-writer of Ademir Kenović’s 1996 feature THE PERFECT CIRCLE. In 2003, he completed his first feature film FUSE, for which he won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, Best Regional Film at the Sarajevo Film Festival, Special Jury Award at the Zagreb Film Festival and more. More than 300,000 spectators saw this film throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, making it a box office hit. DAYS AND HOURS was his second feature film.
2017 - THE FROG - Feature film - (screenwriter)
2013 - A SLAVE - Short documentary film - (editor, director, screenwriter)
2011 - ORCHESTRA - Feature-lenght documentary film - (director, screenwriter)
2004 - DAYS AND HOURS - Feature film - (director)
2000 - MOSTAR SEVDAH REUNION - Short documentary film - (director, screenwriter)
1997 - THE PERFECT CIRCLE - Feature film - (screenwriter)
1994 - MGM SARAJEVO, doc.; CHILDREN LIKE ALL OTHERS, doc.
1993 - WAR ACADEMY, doc.; GODOT SARAJEVO, doc.
1992 - ČAMAC, doc.