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Zlatko Topčić (born 30 April 1955) is a Bosnian screenwriter, playwright and novelist.[1] He has written a number of films, including: Remake, The Abandoned, Miracle in Bosnia; theater plays: Time Out, I Don't Like Mondays, Refugees; novels: The Final Word, Dagmar, Nightmare.

Zlatko Topčić
Topčić at the Cannes Film Festival
Topčić at the Cannes Film Festival
Born (1955-04-30) 30 April 1955 (age 64)
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia (now in Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Pen nameGold Taucher
OccupationWriter
Notable awardsThe Best Screenplay Award (Hollywood Film Festival)
2011 The Abandoned
The CineLink Award
2003 Bare Skin (The Abandoned)
The Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina Award
1999 A Man From Nowhere (Remake)
The Annual Award of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2014 Dagmar
The PEN Austrian Center Award
2009 I Don't Like Mondays
The Award of the Ministry of Culture and Sport
2000 Time Out
Spouse
Amela Topčić (m. 1996)
ChildrenKerim Topčić

His films have been screened at numerous international film festivals, including: Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno Festival, New York Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Hollywood Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and many other.[2]

Topčić's works have been translated into twelve languages: English, German, French, Italian, Czech, Turkish, Polish, Swedish, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Albanian,[3][4][5] and have been included in several domestic and international anthologies.

He is a member of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, PEN Center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, International Screenwriters' Association, American Screenwriters Association, Concordia Organization, World Academy of Art and Science and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), closely related to the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group.[6][7]

In 2004, he was included on the annual Marquis Who's Who in the World list of the 100 most influential people in the world.[8]

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Early life and familyEdit

Topčić was born in Sarajevo on 30 April 1955.[4] His father, Zaim Topčić (1920–1990), was also a writer. His mother, Naila, was a member of the Selimić family; her grandfather was Zaim-beg Selimić, a municipal councilor, landowner, benefactor and philanthropist, who was the owner of the Kravica waterfall.[citation needed]

He graduated from Law School of the University of Sarajevo and is fluent in English, German and French.[4] At the age of 17 and under the pseudonym Gold Taucher, Topčić began writing crime novels and short stories, sold over ten million copies.[9][10]

He played in the junior team FK Sarajevo.[11]

CareerEdit

Topčić was the founder and chief editor of the literature magazine Letter (Slovo) and organizer of the panorama of Bosnian war stories in English titled Forgotten Country (1997), as well as an anthology of members of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina titled The Best Of (2000).

He was the president of the Open Society Foundation Bosnia and Herzegovina - Soros Foundation, worked on UNESCO projects and is the founder of the "Bosnian Tombstone" Award and "Nedžad Ibrišimović" Award.[12] He is one of the founders of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 1993 to 2001 the first Secretary General and from 2006 to 2010 a Board member. From 2001 to 2011 he was a director and artistic director of the Kamerni teatar 55 (Chamber Theater 55).[13][14]

Topčić was a selector of the International Theatre Festival MESS in 2012,[15] the president and member of several juries, among others, in 2008, 2012 and 2014 for the BZK "Preporod" Award for best play and 2015 for MESS.[16][17][18] From 2013 to 2016 he was a general director of TVSA. In 2016 he became a director of the Library of Sarajevo. He was a member of the Commission for Free Artists of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the president of Arts Council of the Sarajevo National Theatre from 2015 to 2019 and is a member of Council of the BHRT Governing Board since 2019.

He has published a collections of stories: The Vital Question (1981), Fantastic Stories (1989), Ptica iz drugog jata / A Bird From Another Flock (bilingual edition; 1995), Bogomil Legends (1997) and Selected Stories (2000); such a novels as A Man From Nowhere (1986), Kulin (1994), Nightmare (1997), Bare Skin (2004), Safet Sušić (2007), The Final Word (2011),[19][20][21] Dagmar (2013), zavrsna.rijec@dagmar (2017) and Overture (2018).

His first major works, collection of stories The Vital Question (1981) and novel A Man From Nowhere (1986), are great received from literary critics and readers. The story Love Letter from his first book was included in a post-war Bosnian anthology of short stories, translated into English.

Topčić's plays, which have been staged in Bosnian and international theaters, include Collapse (1986), Musa and the Goat (1993), Kulin Ban (1995), Refugees (1999),[4] Plaza Hotel (2000), Time Out (2002), comedy Head-On (2004), monodrama Pardon Asks Radivoje, Radivoje's Son (2006), Happy New 1994! (2006), Bare Skin (2007),[22] I Don't Like Mondays (2009; directed by Christian Papke)[23][24][25] and Krokodil Lacoste / Silvertown (2011).[26][27] I Don't Like Mondays (2009) won the prestigious PEN Austrian Center Award. In 2010 the drama was published in German by Der Österreichische P.E.N.—Club, Vienna, and was printed in over eleven thousand copies.

His drama Time Out (2002; directed by Hollywood and Broadway director James P. Mirrione) had its English language premiere in Great Britain (London at the Gate Theatre and Riverside Studios, as well as in Leeds at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal Armouries Museum, Powerhouse 1, and Bretton Hall). Also, it was performed in the United States (New York City at the Broadway theatre), Austria (Vienna) and Poland (Warsaw). It has attracted world attention from media such as the BBC, CNN, and received great ratings from audiences and critics. The play won first prize at an anonymous competition of the Ministry of Culture and Sport and it was the first ex-YU drama performed in Great Britain, Austria, Poland and the United States.[28]

Radio Sarajevo aired several of his radio dramas, including Happy New Year's Eve (1977), Interview (1978), Emergency Situation (1987), Walk on the Tips of Your Fingers (1988), Cesare Lombroso (1989), Kulin (1990), Lister's Machine (1991), Musa and the Goat (1992) and Stanislavski Would Be Pleased (2007). He thrice won the anonymous competitions of Radio Sarajevo (1978, 1987 and 2007) with dramas Interview, Emergency Situation and Stanislavski Would Be Pleased.[citation needed]

He has produced over forty plays, notably the cult hit The Frog, which was adapted into a film in 2017, and Helver's Night, internationally most awarded play in the history of Bosnian theater.[29][30]

Topčić wrote the screenplays for TV movie Collapse (1985) and four documentary films: The Best Years Ever (1994), Miracle in Bosnia (1995), I Respond to You, God (1996) and Blood and Musk (1997). He also wrote the screenplays for Remake (2003) and The Abandoned (2010). His script for Remake, published like a book in 2002, was awarded at the competition of the Ministry of Culture and Sport and won the Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina Award for best original screenplay (1999).[31][32] His script for The Abandoned (working title: Bare Skin) was a winning (91 participants) at the first edition of CineLink, held as part of the 9th Sarajevo Film Festival (2003) and won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2011 Hollywood Film Festival.

In 1998 he won the prestigious Annual Award of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for his novel Nightmare (1997), which was translated into Turkish (Saray Bosna da kabus, Gendas, Istanbul, 1998) and Slovenian (Mora, Založba Goga, Novo Mesto, 2003). In 2014 he won the same award for novel Dagmar (2013) and became one of the few writers who have twice won this award (his father Zaim Topčić is also a double winner).[33][34][35]

Topčić's novel The Final Word (2011) received the Hasan Kaimija Award for best book published in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011 and 2012, and the Skender Kulenović Award for best book published in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011.[36] It was translated into French (Le mot de la fin, M.E.O. Edition, Brussels, 2016)[36] and was ranked first on the lists of international bestsellers of BookDaily and Goodreads in 2017, became the first novel from Southeast Europe to appear on that lists.[37][38]

Dagmar, his 2013 novel, won the Fra Grgo Martić Award for best book of fiction published in 2013.[39] It was translated into Czech (Dagmar, For Prague, Prague, 2017).

He is the only author who thrice won the BZK "Preporod" Award for best domestic dramatic text, for dramas Bare Skin (2006), Krokodil Lacoste / Silvertown (2010) and Nobody's and Everyone's (2017).

Personal lifeEdit

Topčić spent the entirety of the Bosnian War in Sarajevo. He was trapped in Grbavica (quarter of the city of Sarajevo) in 1993. Fifty years earlier (1943) his father Zaim Topčić (1920–1990) was trapped in the Jasenovac concentration camp during World War II, as a communist. About these events, he wrote the screenplay for Remake.[40]

He lives in Sarajevo with his wife Amela (construction engineer, co-owner of private consulting company) and son Kerim (born 1997).[citation needed]

QuotesEdit

"War is a war. Everywhere is hard and bloody, but the Balkans in it bring their coloring and passion. Someone happened to be on the right side. But, madam, be without worry: it is not so far a day when both sides will become the same and when it will not be known which side of the story is right."
—In novel A Man From Nowhere, 1986

FilmographyEdit

Theater playsEdit

  • Collapse, 1986
  • Musa and the Goat, 1993
  • Kulin Ban, 1995
  • Refugees, 1999
  • Plaza Hotel, 2000
  • Time Out, 2002
  • Head-On, 2004
  • Pardon Asks Radivoje, Radivoje's Son, 2006
  • Happy New 1994!, 2006
  • I Don't Like Mondays, 2009
  • Krokodil Lacoste / Silvertown, 2011

Radio dramasEdit

  • Happy New Year's Eve, 1977
  • Interview, 1978
  • Emergency Situation, 1987
  • Walk on the Tips of Your Fingers, 1988
  • Cesare Lombroso, 1989
  • Kulin, 1990
  • Lister's Machine, 1991
  • Musa and the Goat, 1992
  • Stanislavski Would Be Pleased, 2007

BibliographyEdit

Collections of storiesEdit

  • The Vital Question, 1981
  • Fantastic Stories, 1989
  • Ptica iz drugog jata / A Bird From Another Flock, 1995
  • Bogomil Legends, 1997
  • Selected Stories, 2000

NovelsEdit

  • A Man From Nowhere, 1986
  • Kulin, 1994
  • Nightmare, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2004
  • Bare Skin, 2004
  • Safet Sušić, 2007
  • The Final Word, 2011
  • Dagmar, 2013
  • zavrsna.rijec@dagmar, 2017
  • Overture, 2018

Books of dramasEdit

  • Collapse, 1988
  • Plays, 1995
  • Refugees, 1999
  • Time Out, 2001
  • Eight Pieces, 2005
  • Bare Skin, 2007
  • I Don't Like Mondays, 2010
  • Krokodil Lacoste / Silvertown, 2016
  • Angry Men, 2016

AwardsEdit

  • The Award at an anonymous competition of Radio Sarajevo for radio drama Interview, 1978
  • The Award at an anonymous competition of Radio Sarajevo for radio drama Emergency Situation, 1987
  • The Annual Award of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for best book published in 1997 for novel Nightmare, 1998
  • The Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina Award for screenplay A Man From Nowhere (Remake), 1999
  • The Award of the Ministry of Culture and Sport for screenplay Remake, 1999
  • The Award of the Ministry of Culture and Sport for drama Time Out, 2000
  • The CineLink Award (Sarajevo Film Festival) for screenplay Bare Skin (The Abandoned), 2003
  • The Award of magazine TmačaArt for best domestic drama for Head-On, 2004
  • The Award of magazine TmačaArt for best domestic drama for Happy New 1994!, 2004
  • The Award for best domestic dramatic text at the Festival of Bosnian and Herzegovinian Theaters in Brčko for drama Head-On, 2004
  • The BZK "Preporod" Award for best domestic dramatic text for drama Bare Skin, 2006
  • The Award at an anonymous competition of Radio Sarajevo for radio drama Stanislavski Would Be Pleased, 2007
  • The Award for best contemporary text at the Theatre games in Jajce for drama Happy New 1994!, 2007
  • The PEN Austrian Center Award for drama I Don't Like Mondays, 2009
  • The BZK "Preporod" Award for best domestic dramatic text for drama Krokodil Lacoste / Silvertown, 2010
  • The Award for best contemporary text at the Theatre games in Jajce for drama Krokodil Lacoste / Silvertown, 2011
  • The Best Screenplay Award at the Transilvania International Film Festival for The Abandoned, 2011
  • The Best Screenplay Award at the Golden Carpathian Film Festival for The Abandoned, 2011[41]
  • The Best Screenplay Award at the Hollywood Film Festival for The Abandoned, 2011
  • The Skender Kulenović Award for best book published in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011 for novel The Final Word, 2012
  • The Hasan Kaimija Award for best book published in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011 and 2012 for novel The Final Word, 2012
  • The Fra Grgo Martić Award for best book of fiction published in 2013 for novel Dagmar, 2013
  • The Annual Award of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for best book published in 2013 for novel Dagmar, 2014
  • The BZK "Preporod" Award for best domestic dramatic text for drama Nobody's and Everyone's, 2017[42]

See alsoEdit

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