Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, November 24, 1954, Emir Kusturica directs his first feature film, Do you remember Dolly Bell? in 1981 and immediately won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The second film, Papa is on a business trip (1985), won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and the third, Il tempo dei gitani (1989), the award for director, also in Cannes. Acclaimed by the European critics, also with his first American film, Arizona Dream (1993), with Johnny Depp, he obtains a Silver Bear and the Special Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. In 1995 he made his most controversial film, Underground, which was presented at Cannes, where he won the Palme d’Or and three years later he created Gatto nero, gatto bianco, and Leone d’argento in Venice.
Politically engaged in the broad European debate on, Kusturica alternates the promotion of his films, from La vita è un miracolo (2004) to On the Milky Road On the Milky Way (2016), shot in the traditional village of Küstendorf he built, with acting (he is an actor in numerous films), music (he toured the world with the No Smoking Orchestra band), installations and theatrical performances, the most important of which is La Magna Grecia in Senise, with the artistic advice of Volumina.