Branko Ivanda

Branko Ivanda (born 25 December 1941) is Croatian film director and screenwriter.[1]

Ivanda was born in Split, then under Italian occupation. His father Leo was a high-school professor of Croatian and French language and his mother Dunja a clerk. The family had artistic leanings, as Ivanda's grandfather was an actor in the Croatian National Theatre in Split (HNK), while his uncle-in-law was composer Ivo Tijardović. Ivanda completed the classical gymnasium in his hometown, occasionally playing minor roles in the HNK, but as he preferred directing, he entered the Academy of Dramatic Arts of the University of Zagreb where he graduated.[1]

His directing debut was 1969 modernist piece Gravitacija ili fantastična mladost činovnika Borisa Horvata. Following the ban of his documentary about 1971 student demonstrations Poezija i revolucija - studentski štrajk 1971, in the 1970s he focused on television, where he would direct films, dramas, documentary and advertising films for over thirty years. He also accepted occasional theater projects. For his TV and fiction films he received several awards, notably FIPRESCI from the Berlin Film Festival.[1] He has been a dean of the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb since 2004.[2]

Ivanda married twice: from the first marriage with Stanka, he had son Nikola, who was also a director and Branko's close assistant in multiple TV projects, such as popular series Obični ljudi, Ponos Ratkajevih, Sve će biti dobro and Dolina sunca. Nikola died from heart attack in 2012 at age 36.[3] From his second marriage with producer Lidija he has two children.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d "Branko Ivanda" (in Croatian). Večernji list. 1 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Zapisnik 13. Sjednice Senata Sveučilišta u Zagrebu" (PDF). University of Zagreb. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Ispraćaj Nikole Ivande; njegov otac Branko od boli je zanijemio" (in Croatian). Večernji list. 12 November 2012.