Biography

Zvonimir Berković was a director and script writer, author of "Rondo", one of the key films of so-called auteur cinematography in Croatia and Yugoslavia.

He studied violin under Stjepan Šulek and theatrical direction at Theatre Academy in Zagreb. He worked in puppet theater and wrote theatrical and musical criticism. He began working on films in 1954. As the first dramatist in Jadran Film he soon begins to write scripts. For the scenario of the film "H-8" (1958, d. Nikola Tanhofer), co-written with Tomislav Butorac, he won The Golden Arena and the audience award at the Pula film festival. His directorial debut was "Moj stan" ("My Home", 1962), which won awards in Belgrade and Cannes. In 1966 "Rondo" was his full-length debut. The film won six awards in Pula and a prize for the script in Atlanta. The second film, "Putovanje na mjesto nesreće" ("The Scene of the Crash") was made at the beginning of the seventies. "Ljubavna pisma s predumišljajem" ("Premediated Love Letters", 1985), his third film, is one of the most important Croatian films of the eighties, and "Kontesa Dora" ("Countess Dora", 1993) is considered to be one of the finest works of Croatian cinematography of the nineties. For many years Berković was a professor of film script writing and dramaturgy at ADU (Academy of Dramatic Arts) in Zagreb. In his final decade he intensely commented on the social reality, and was a regular columnist in several magazines. Throughout the nineties he garnered attention with humorous, ironically intoned political-cultural column "Zvonar katedrale duha" ("The Bellman of the Cathedral of the Spirit") in the weekly magazine "Globus" ("The Globe").

He died in 2009 in Zagreb.

Zvonimir Berković was a director and script writer, author of "Rondo", one of the key films of so-called auteur cinematography in Croatia and Yugoslavia.

He studied violin under Stjepan Šulek and theatrical direction at Theatre Academy in Zagreb. He worked in puppet theater and wrote theatrical and musical criticism. He began working on films in 1954. As the first dramatist in Jadran Film he soon begins to write scripts. For the scenario of the film "H-8" (1958, d. Nikola Tanhofer), co-written with Tomislav Butorac, he won The Golden Arena and the audience award at the Pula film festival. His directorial debut was "Moj stan" ("My Home", 1962), which won awards in Belgrade and Cannes. In 1966 "Rondo" was his full-length debut. The film won six awards in Pula and a prize for the script in Atlanta. The second film, "Putovanje na mjesto nesreće" ("The Scene of the Crash") was made at the beginning of the seventies. "Ljubavna pisma s predumišljajem" ("Premediated Love Letters", 1985), his third film, is one of the most important Croatian films of the eighties, and "Kontesa Dora" ("Countess Dora", 1993) is considered to be one of the finest works of Croatian cinematography of the nineties. For many years Berković was a professor of film script writing and dramaturgy at ADU (Academy of Dramatic Arts) in Zagreb. In his final decade he intensely commented on the social reality, and was a regular columnist in several magazines. Throughout the nineties he garnered attention with humorous, ironically intoned political-cultural column "Zvonar katedrale duha" ("The Bellman of the Cathedral of the Spirit") in the weekly magazine "Globus" ("The Globe").

He died in 2009 in Zagreb.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 13

Birthday 1928-03-21

Day of Death 2009-06-09

Place of Birth Belgrade

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Also Known As

  • Zvonimir Berkovic

Writing TV ShowsMovies

1993 Countess Dora Writer
1987 The Sea, Reefs, Letters Scenario Writer
1985 Premeditated Love Letters Scenario Writer
1971 The Scene of the Crash Writer
1969 Dubrovnik Summer Festival Scenario Writer
1966 Rondo Writer
1965 The Key Writer
1963 My Apartment Writer
1962 Everyday Chronicle Writer
1961 Caroline of Rijeka Writer
1958 H-8... Writer
1956 The Siege Writer

Directing

1993 Countess Dora Director
1987 The Sea, Reefs, Letters Director
1985 Premeditated Love Letters Director
1971 The Scene of the Crash Director
1969 Dubrovnik Summer Festival Director
1966 Rondo Director
1964 The Ballad of a Rooster Director
1963 My Apartment Director

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