Emir Kusturica's Interesting Facts

1 Fan of Portuguese football club FC Porto.
2 Filming in Serbia with the director Marie-Eve Signeyrole for the short film "Alice au pays s'émerveille" starring Caroline Frossard, Sophie Le Tellier and Christian Mullot until the end of the month. [March 2009]
3 Father of Stribor Kusturica.
4 Often works with actors Slavko Stimac and Predrag Manojlovic.
5 Often stays in Douains, Eure, France.
6 In May of 2005, Kusturica was baptized in a Serbian Orthodox church, taking up the Serbian Christian name Nemanja. It was a very personal gesture to re-affirm his Serbian roots.
7 Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993.
8 Has two children, Stribor and Dunja.
9 Has not been to Sarajevo, his birthplace, since 1992.
10 President of the jury at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
11 Grew up in Sarajevo.
12 Is an only child.
13 One of seven directors with two films to have won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the others being Francis Ford Coppola (The Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979) ), Alf Sjöberg (Iris and the Lieutenant (1946) and Miss Julie (1951)), Shôhei Imamura (The Ballad of Narayama (1983) and The Eel (1997) ), Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror (1987) and The Best Intentions (1992) ), Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (Rosetta (1999) and L'enfant (2005) ) and Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon (2009) and Amour (2012)).
14 Since 1986 he has played bass guitar in "Zabranjeno Pusenje" (meaning Smoking Forbidden, or no smoking) a rock band from his hometown Sarajevo. In 1992 the lead singer of the band, Nele Karajlic, moved to Belgrade. In 1997 Kusturica and Karajlic started a new "faction" of the band called "The No Smoking Orchestra". The rest of the original band members stayed in Sarajevo and continued their own faction of the band. Super 8 Stories (2001) is a documentary about "No Smoking".
15 During the 1995 Belgrade International Film Festival Kusturica knocked down Nebojsa Pajkic, the leader of the New Serbian Right movement. Symbolically enough, Mrs. Pajkic tried to protect her husband by hitting Kusturica with a small bag, a present from Radovan Karadzic, the leader of Bosnian Serbs.
16 In 1993, he challenged Vojislav Seselj, leader of Serbia's ultranationalist movement, to a duel. He suggested that it should be in the heart of Belgrade, at high noon (!), with any weapon Mr. Seselj chooses. Vojislav Seselj refused this offer saying that he "didn't want to be accused of a murder of an artist".
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