Žalica Pjer
Žalica Pjer

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.


2020 - FOCUS, GRANDMA - Feature film - (director, screenwriter)

2018 - THROUGH OUR EYES - Feature-lenght documentary film - (producer)

2017 - THE FROG - Feature film - (screenwriter)

2013 - A SLAVE - Short documentary film - (editor, director, screenwriter)

2011 - ORCHESTRA - Feature-lenght documentary film - (director, screenwriter)

2005 - PAYCHECK - Short film - (producer), FRAME FOR THE PICTURE OF MY HOMELAND - Short film - (producer)

2004 - DAYS AND HOURS - Feature film - (director)

2003 - FUSE - Feature film - (director, screenwriter), 42 1/2 - Short film - (producer)

1998 - KAKO JE PUKAO PJER ŽALICA - Short film - (cast), THE END OF UNPLEASANT TIMES - Short film - (director, screenwriter)

1997 - THE PERFECT CIRCLE - Feature film - (screenwriter)

1995 - CHILDREN LIKE ANY OTHER - Short documentary film - (director, screenwriter), PHOTOS - Short documentary film - (director, screenwriter), SCULPTOR - Short documentary film - (director, screenwriter)

1994 - MGM – SARAJEVO: MAN, GOD, MONSTER - Feature-lenght documentary film - (director)

1993 - WAITING FOR GODOT - Feature-lenght documentary film - (cinematografpher, editor, director, screenwriter), THE TWELFTH CIRCLE - Short documentary film - (cinematografpher, director, screenwriter), GODOT - SARAJEVO - Short documentary film - (director, screenwriter), JEAN - PAUL - Short documentary film - (director, screenwriter), WAR ACADEMY - Short documentary film - (director, screenwriter)

1992 - MAN CALLED BOAT - Short documentary film - (director, screenwriter)

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