Jasna Đuričić Jury President of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival
Renowned actress Jasna Đuričić, winner of numerous awards, including the latest for her role of Aida in “Quo Vadis, Aida?” by Jasmila Žbanić, a film nominated for the Oscar®, is the Jury President of the Competition Programme – Feature Film at the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival.
“With the brilliantly played role of Aida, a crown among all of her fantastic roles we have had the chance to see, Jasna Đuričić showed once again the exceptional power of talent and art to present the most difficult human fates, and amazed the world. We are happy this extraordinary artist will be the Jury President of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival”, said Mirsad Purivatra, the Director of Sarajevo Film Festival.
Jasna Đuričić says it is her great honour to preside the Jury of the Competition Programme – Feature Film at the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival.
“I am very happy. Sarajevo Film Festival has always had a special place in my heart. It has been special since its beginnings – from how it started to what it has brought, not only to Sarajevo, but to all of us, the entire region. It is a place where the whole world comes together for that week. It is a beacon of culture of enormous importance, not only for film creatives, but also, of course, for the audience for whom we make films and because of whom festivals exist. I am particularly looking forward to being in Sarajevo after a year of lock-down. Cinemas have reopened, the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival will be live this summer, and that is fantastic. See you in Sarajevo!”, said Đuričić.
As the president of the Jury of the 27th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Đuričić joins the most acclaimed filmmakers who presided over the jury in previous editions of the Sarajevo Film Festival: Mike Leigh (2004), Miki Manojlović (2005), Jasmila Žbanić (2006), Jeremy Irons (2007), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2008), Mirjana Karanović (2009), Cristi Puiu (2010), Ari Folman (2011), Kornél Mundruczó (2012), Danis Tanović (2013), Béla Tarr (2014), Călin Peter Netzer (2015), Elia Suleiman (2016), Michel Franco (2017), Asghar Farhadi (2018), Ruben Östlund (2019), Michel Hazanavicius (2020).
Jasna Đuričić was born on 16 April 1966 in Ruma, Serbia. She graduated acting from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, under Prof. Branko Pleša in 1989. From 1990 to 2005 she was a permanent member of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, where she was a drama actress. She teaches acting at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. Numerous theatre roles in Serbia and the region have brough her significant theatre awards, particularly including four Sterija Awards and a Golden Laurel Wreath at MESS. In 2014, she received a Ring of Dobrica, the highest award in Serbia for theatre actors and actresses for lifetime achievement. She also had a series of notable roles in film and television. For her role in the film WHITE, WHITE WORLD by Oleg Novković, she received the Silver Leopard for Best Actress at Locarno Film Festival in 2010, and for that same role she also received the award for best actress at Les Arcs Film Festival. The leading role in QUO VADIS, AIDA? by Jasmila Žbanić, brought her the awards for best actress at the London Film Week and El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt.
The news about the Jury President of the Competition Programme – Feature Film at the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival was announced at a gathering in Belgrade (Serbia), organised in advance of this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, at a regional promotion held in partnership with the Sarajevo Canton Tourist Community.
The 27th Sarajevo Film Festival will take place 13-20 August 2021.