Mirjana Karanović

Mirjana Karanović


I just can’t live my life in my country not trying to respond to certain subjects, because politics is such a big part of our lives.    


Mirjana Karanović is a Serbian actress known for many important roles in former Yugoslav films. She made her screen debut in 1980 film PETRIA’S WREATH by Srđan Karanović. World fame came with the role of the mother in Emir Kusturica’s WHEN FATHER WAS AWAY ON BUSINESS. One of her most memorable roles was the one of Esma in GRBAVICA, directed by Jasmila Žbanić (Golden Bear Award for Best Film at the Berlinale). For this performance, Mirjana Karanović has won a number of awards at festivals and a nomination for the European Film Academy Award 2006. She appeared in Andrea Štaka’s film DAS FRAULEIN (Grand Prix at Locarno Film Festival, Heart of Sarajevo Award) and Darko Lungulov’s film HERE AND THERE (The Best New York Narrative at Tribeca film festival). In 2008 she won the Winning Freedom Award, an award presented to a woman whose work promotes and affirms the principles of human rights, rule of law, democracy and tolerance in society. A GOOD WIFE was Mirjana’s directing debut, co-written and co-directed by Stevan Filipović. It premiered at Sundance in 2016. The project AUNTS (in collaboration with Andrea Štaka, Šejla Kamerić and Kim Longinotto) is taking part in Pitching du Réel 2018.

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