Srdja Penezić studied Film Directing at the University of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. After graduating, he directed a number of short live-action and documentary films. After completing the cult novel The Spirit of Balkania (Duh Balkanije, co-written with Velimir Abramović), Penezić continued his career in Los Angeles. As a partner in LA-based Ideate Films, he has worked as a writer/producer/director on a number of brand films and commercials for companies like Mattel, Bacardi, Werner, etc. Using the screen name D. Jud Jones, Penezić wrote, co-produced and co-directed the animated feature Film Noir (US/French/Serbian co-production completed in 2007).
Name: Dobrica, Last Name: Unknown is Mr. Penezic’s first feature-length live-action film.
With over 40 leading roles throughout his career, Slavko Štimac has grown up in front of the movie camera. His films have been distributed throughout the world and have been seen by millions of viewers. During his illustrious career, he has received numerous awards, both at home and abroad. Working with directors as diverse as Sam Peckinpah, Emir Kusturica, Goran Marković and Ralph Fiennes—and alongside actors such as James Coburn, Gerard Butler, James Mason, and Maximilian Schell—he has learned the movie business inside out. With "Dobrica", he is branching out as a producer and co-writer, to create a film specially suited to his talents and experience.
Hana Selimović is the recipient of many prestigious international and regional theater awards, notably for her role in When Father Was Away on Business (2011). She was also internationally acclaimed for her first film role in White White World (2010). The Disobedient, by Mina Djukić, was her second feature film and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her third film, Name: Dobrica, Last Name: Unknown will be premiering at the 2016 Montreal World Film Festival. Ms. Selimović teaches acting at the Academy of Arts in Belgrade.
Mirjana Joković won best actress in San Sebastián International Film Festival for her role in the Argentine-British film Eversmile, New Jersey (1989) directed by Carlos Sorin. She also played the female lead in the movie Underground (1995 Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival). She moved to the United States in 1993 and began a new career in American theater, appearing in plays on and off Broadway. She currently teaches acting at the Theater Faculty at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.
Bogdan Diklić has starred in over one hundred films and television series. Some of his best-known films are National Class (1979), A Stranger (2013), and The Cordon (2003), which won the Grand Prix des Amériques at the Montreal World Film Festival. In August 2009, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his body of work in Yugoslav cinematography. Determined to achieve even more than one lifetime would allow, he continues to appear in movies and on TV throughout the region of the former Yugoslavia.
Radan Popović, Director of Photography
Radan was still a student at University of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade when he was given his first feature film, The Fall of Rock 'n' Roll. Upon graduating, he found himself working for the most prominent directors in what was then Yugoslavia. One of his films, Loving Glances, took him to the official selection at Venice Film Festival, and then to the US where he shot numerous indie movies and worked as a second unit DP on most of the films directed by Alexander Payne. Over more than a decade, Radan has worked with Srdja Penezić on many advertising, documentary and feature film projects including the latest one—Name: Dobrica, Last Name: Unknown.
Aleksandar Lokner, Music
Aleksandar Lokner has been a big part of the music scene in Belgrade and the former Yugoslavia since he was just thirteen. He has been a member of a number of rock groups, and has achieved fame as a multi-instrumentalist, playing everything from drums to his main instrument—the piano. He is a founding member of one of the most popular rock groups in the former Yugoslavia—Bajaga & Instruktori. When not touring, he spends his time writing and performing music for theater and films.
Vesna Golubović, Production Design
Vesna Golubović is a visual artist, with an M.F.A. from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. From 1981 to 2004 she lived in New York City and was a part of the art scene in the East Village and the South Bronx. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions (New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Tokyo, Belgrade), has painted sets for the choreography of Ohad Naharin in Sidney, Hague, Helsinki, Tel Aviv, etc. She has also worked as production designer on several low-budget films in New York and Belgrade.
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