Tanović holds the distinction of being the sole individual within the contemporary borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina to have received an Academy Award.
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) has appointed Bosnian director Danis Tanović as the President of the International Competition Jury for its 45th edition. This decision is part of a concerted effort to attract renowned figures from the global film industry, fostering a platform for the exchange of experiences among emerging Egyptian, Arab, and international filmmakers participating in the event.
Danis Tanović, a highly acclaimed Bosnian director and screenwriter, is celebrated as one of the foremost talents in Eastern Europe and the global film arena. His notable achievements include the film No Man’s Land, which garnered numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Best Screenplay accolade at Cannes in 2001. Tanović has also directed other noteworthy films such as An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker and Death in Sarajevo, which secured the Silver Bear – Grand Jury Prize at the Berlinale in 2016. He holds the distinction of being the sole director from Bosnia and Herzegovina to have won an Academy Award.
Speaking about Tanović’s appointment, Hussein Fahmy, President of the Festival, said: “I am proud to announce Danis Tanović as the President of the International Jury for our 45th edition. He is a director with an illustrious career, adorned with major international awards from the Academy, Cannes, and Berlin. Our festival has consistently provided our audience with the opportunity to engage with cinema luminaries from around the world who have left an indelible mark on the history of filmmaking.”
Festival President Hussein Fahmy added: “I am proud to have Danis Tanović as the president of the International Jury at the Festival in its 45th edition. He is a director crowned in cinema history with major international awards from the Academy, Cannes and Berlin. I am delighted that our festival has always given its audience the opportunity to interact with names that have made the history of cinema from different countries of the world.”