Place of Birth: Sarajevo, PR Bosnia-Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia
Date of Birth: 24 November, 1954
Emir Kusturica is a Serbian filmmaker, actor, and musician. He has twice won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Emir is the son of Murat Kusturica, a journalist, and Senka Numankadić, a court secretary. He grew up as the only child of a secular Serbian (Muslim) family in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, then a constituent republic within Yugoslavia. On Đurđevdan (St. George’s Day) in 2005, he was baptised into the Serbian Orthodox Church, as Nemanja Kusturica, at the Savina monastery near Herceg Novi, Montenegro, To his critics who considered this the final betrayal of his Bosniak roots, he stated:
“My father was an atheist and he always described himself as a Serb. OK, maybe we were Muslim for 250 years, but we were Orthodox before that and deep down we were always Serbs, religion cannot change that.”
Emir refuses to see himself as either a Bosniak or Serb. Instead, he has continued to insist that he is simply a Yugoslav.
Emir holds dual Serbian and French citizenship.
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