Zlatko Topčić

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Zlatko Topčić
Born (1955-04-30) April 30, 1955 (age 63)
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Pen name Gold Taucher
Occupation Writer and screenwriter
Notable awards Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Award
1999 Remake
Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2013 Dagmar
PEN Austrian Center Award
2009 Ne volim ponedjeljak
The Award of the Ministry of Culture and Sport
2000 Time Out
Spouse Amela Topčić (m. 1996)
Children Kerim Topčić

Zlatko Topčić (born April 30, 1955) is a famous multiple award-winning Bosnian writer and screenwriter who is renowned for his screenplays, dramas and novels.[1] He is best known for writing the screenplays for multiple award-winning movies Remake and The Abandoned. He is one of the most significant, most prominent and most awarded regional writers and screenwriters.

Early life and family

Topčić was born to a Bosniak family in Sarajevo on 30 April 1955. His father Zaim Topčić (1920–1990) was also a famous writer. His mother is a native of the famous family Selimić (Her grandfather was a landowner, benefactor and philanthropist Zaim Bey Selimić, which, among other things, was the owner of the famous waterfalls Kravice). He graduated from Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo.

His literary beginnings are connected to writing crime novels and short stories, whose circulation reaching one hundred thousand copies, under the pseudonym Gold Taucher, which is published across the region when he was 17 years old, and sold over ten million copies and have thus become bestsellers # 1.[2]

Career

Zlatko Topčić was a founder, chief editor of the newspaper Slovo and producer of the panorama of the Bosnian war stories in English Forgotten Country (1997) and an anthology of members of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina The Best Of (2000). He is one of the founders of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and from 1993 to 2001 the first General Secretary. From 2001 to 2011 he was director and artistic director of the Chamber Theatre 55, which is statistically the most successful period in the history of theater. In that period, the Chamber Theatre 55 was the most successful theater in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most successful in the region, and with their performances, he has appeared in many theaters around the world. He was a selector of the International Theatre Festival MESS in 2012[3] and a member of the jury (2013 and 2014) for the Award BZK "Preporod" for best play.[4][5] Since 2013 he is the director of TVSA. He is a member of the Commission for free Artists of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is president of the Arts Council of the Sarajevo National Theatre since 2015.

He has published collections of stories: Životno pitanje (1981), Fantastične priče (1989), Ptica iz drugog jata/A Bird From Another Flock (1995), Bogumilske legende (1997) and Izabrane priče (2000). He has published novels: Čovjek niotkud (1986), Kulin (1994), Košmar (1997, 1998, 2000 i 2003), Gola koža (2004),[6] Pape – biography of Safet Sušić in novel form (2007), Završna riječ (2011),[7][8][9] Dagmar (2013)[10][11][12] and books of dramas: Kolaps (1988), Drame (1995), Refugees (1999), Time Out (2001), Osam komada (2005) and Gola koža (2007). A collection of stories Životno pitanje (1981) and the novel Čovjek niotkud (1986) received excellent reviews from literary critics and readers. Story Ljubavno pismo from his first book represented in post-war Bosnian Anthology of short stories, translated into English. In Bosnian theaters have played his dramas: Kolaps (1986), Kako Musa dere jarca (1993), Kulin ban (1995), Refugees (1999), Plaža hotel (2000), a comedy Glavom kroz zid (2004), a monodrama Pomilovanje traži Radivoje, Radivojev sin (2006), Sretna nova 1994! (2006), Ne volim ponedjeljak (2009, directed by Christian Papke)[13][14][15] and the Krokodil Lacoste (2011).[16][17]

His drama Time Out (directed by James P. Mirrione) had a premiere on English language and the English production in the Great Britain (Bretton Hall - Powerhouse 1, Leeds - West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Armouries Museum, London - Gate Theatre, Riverside Studios, Wakefield, 2002) and became the first Bosnian drama performed in the Great Britain, and had a Great Britain tour. Radio Sarajevo aired several of his radio drama: Sretna novogodišnja noć (1977), Intervju (1978), Vanredna situacija (1987), Hodati na vrhovima prstiju (1988), Čezare Lombrozo (1989), Kulin (1990), Listerova mašina (1991) and Kako Musa dere jarca (1992). He twice won the anonymous competitions Radio Sarajevo (1978 and 1987) with dramas Intervju and Vanredna situacija. He produced several plays.

His works have been translated into English, German, French, Turkish, Czech, Polish, Bulgarian, Italian, Macedonian, Swedish and Slovenian. He is the founder of the "Bosnian tomb" Award. He wrote screenplays for four documentary films: I Bring You, God, Blood and Musk, The Miracle in Bosnia, In The Prime of Life. His stories and dramas have been included in several domestic and international anthologies. He wrote screenplays for feature films Remake (2003, directed by Dino Mustafić), which is the first post-war Bosnian feature film and The Abandoned (2010, directed by Adis Bakrač), winning awards at many most prestigious international film festivals. They had an enormous financial success in their home country, but also worldwide. He won first prize at an anonymous competition for original screenplay Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the scenario Remake[18] (1999) and for scenario Čovjek niotkud. He won the first prize at an anonymous competition for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of culture and sport for drama Time Out (2000). His screenplay for the film The Abandoned[19] was one of six winning scenarios on ex-YU CineLink competition, which was held as part of the 9th Sarajevo Film Festival (2003). That same year CineLink rewarded him for screenplay Gola koža.

He has won numerous awards for theater pieces (at anonymous competitions of Radio Sarajevo, the Ministry of Culture, the magazine Tmačaart and festivals). He won first prizes at an anonymous competition of magazine TmačaArt from Mostar for play Glavom kroz zid and Sretna nova 1994!, and at the Festival of Bosnian Theatre in Brčko was awarded for the best Bosnian contemporary play for the comedy Glavom kroz zid (2004). He is a double laureate of BZK "Preporod" Award for best national play for drama Gola koža and Krokodil Lacoste, and he was twice (2007 and 2011) won the award for best contemporary text at the Theatre Festival in Jajce, for drama Sretna nova 1994! and Krokodil Lacoste. Also, he won the most important literary prize in Bosnia and Herzegovina, prestigious Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the best book published in 1997 for his novel Košmar, which was translated into Turkish (Saray Bosna da kabus, Gendas, Istanbul, 1998) and Slovenian (Mora, Založba Goga, Novo Mesto, 2003) and for the best book published in 2013 for the novel Dagmar. He is a winner of the prestigious PEN Austrian Center Award for drama Ne volim ponedjeljak (2009). He is a laureate of the "Hasan Kaimija" Award and "Skender Kulenović" Award for the best book published in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011 for his novel Završna riječ. He was awarded the "Fra Grgo Martić" Award for best book of fiction in 2013 for his novel Dagmar.

Zlatko Topčić is the most significant Bosnian novelist and playwright, as well as one of the most significant Bosnian screenwriter. Also, he is one of the most prominent and most awarded regional writers and screenwriters. He is a member of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and PEN Center of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He played in the junior team FK Sarajevo.

Personal life

Topčić spent the entirety of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. His father Zaim Topčić (1920–1990) was trapped in the Jasenovac concentration camp in 1943. He is the author of important historical novel Zemlja heretika. Professor Enes Duraković has included novel in the edition of 100 books of Bosniak literature.

He lives in Sarajevo with wife Amela and son Kerim.

Filmography

  • I Bring You, God (documentary film)
  • Blood and Musk (documentary film)
  • The Miracle in Bosnia (documentary film)
  • In The Prime of Life (documentary film)
  • Remake, 2003
  • The Abandoned, 2010

Bibliography

Collections of stories

  • Životno pitanje, 1981
  • Fantastične priče, 1989
  • Ptica iz drugog jata / A bird from another flock, 1995
  • Bogumilske legende, 1997
  • Izabrane priče, 2000

Novels

  • Čovjek niotkud, 1986
  • Kulin, 1994
  • Košmar, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2004
  • Gola koža, 2004
  • Pape – biography of Safet Sušić in novel form, 2007
  • Završna riječ, 2011
  • Dagmar, 2013

Books of dramas

  • Kolaps, 1988
  • Drame, 1995
  • Refugees, 1999
  • Time Out, 2001
  • Osam komada, 2005
  • Gola koža, 2007

Awards

  • Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for novel Košmar, 1997
  • Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Award for the scenario Remake, 1999
  • The Award of the Ministry of Culture and Sport for the scenario Remake, 1999
  • The Award of the Ministry of Culture and Sport for drama Time Out, 2000
  • The Award of magazine TmačaArt for best domestic drama to drama Glavom kroz zid, 2004
  • The Award of magazine TmačaArt for best domestic drama to drama Sretna Nova 1994!, 2004
  • The Award for best national play at the Festival of Bosnian and Herzegovinian Theaters in Brčko in 2004 for the drama Glavom kroz zid
  • BZK "Preporod" Award for best national play for drama Gola koža
  • BZK "Preporod" Award for best national play for drama Krokodil Lacoste
  • The Award for best contemporary text at the Theatre games in Jajce to play Sretna nova 1994!
  • The Award for best contemporary text at the Theatre games in Jajce to play Krokodil Lacoste
  • PEN Austrian Center Award for drama Ne volim ponedjeljak, 2009
  • The "Hasan Kaimija" Award for the best book published in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011 for his novel Završna riječ
  • The "Skender Kulenović" Award for the best book published in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011 for his novel Završna riječ
  • The "Fra Grgo Martić" Award for best book of fiction published in 2013 for the novel Dagmar
  • Annual Award of Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for novel Dagmar, 2013

See also

References

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