Biljana Srbljanović (Serbian pronunciation: [bǐʎana sr̩bʎǎːnoʋitɕ], Serbian Cyrillic: Биљана Србљановић, born 15 October 1970 in Stockholm, Sweden, now claiming Belgrade, Serbia) is a Serbian playwright and politician.
She has written seven plays for the theater and one TV screenplay for Otvorena vrata TV series that ran on Radio Television of Serbia during the mid-1990s. Her plays have been staged in some 50 countries. Srbljanović is also a part-time lecturer at the Faculty of the Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. On 1 December 1999 she became the first foreign writer to receive the Ernst Toller prize. She is the recipient of various theatre awards, including the Slobodan Selenić Award, the Osvajanje Slobode Award, the Belgrade City Award, The Statuette of Joakim Vujić and the Sterija Award.
Srbljanović obtained her dramaturgy degree in 1995 at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. The first play she wrote, Beogradska trilogija (The Belgrade Trilogy), was first performed in 1997 in Belgrade, Serbia at the Yugoslav Drama Theater. After its huge success, the play was produced in many other countries, including Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, England, and the Scandinavian countries.
In April 1998 her second play, Porodične priče (Family Stories), was written in Belgrade and staged at Atelje 212. It won the Best New Play Award at the theatre festival in Novi Sad, Serbia and was later staged in Germany, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, United States, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France and elsewhere.
In December 1999, Srbljanovic completed The Fall, which premiered in July 2000 at the City Theater Festival in Budva, Montenegro. Due to lack of public interest, the play was quickly erased from the program of Belgrade`s theaters.
In late 2003, Srbljanović completed her fifth play, America, Part Two. This became Serbia's most popular play in 2003 and 2004.
Srbljanović's next play, Skakavci (Locusts), won the New Theatrical Realities Award, one of Europe's most prominent theatre awards. In the 2005-06 season, German theater magazine Theater Heute proclaimed Srbljanović the best foreign playwright of the season.
Her latest play is Barbelo.
Since 2007 she has been a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), with an additional role as a member of the party's political council. Srbljanović was LDP's candidate for mayor of Belgrade in the Serbian local elections, 2008. She has distanced herself from the party afterwards.
Biljana Srbljanović is an outspoken figure in Serbian public life. She is known for speaking up on various political topics, as well as for railing against what she views to be "the irresponsibility of the political elite in Serbia", "Serbian violent nationalism" and "the culture of violence and exclusion in Serbian daily life".
From May 2006 until February 2009, she maintained her own blog on the B92.net site where among other things she frequently criticized various individuals, mostly Serbian politicians and other public figures who displayed political opinions she opposes.
On her blog she got into a heated exchange with Serbian president Boris Tadić's adviser Nebojša Krstić, and previously in July 2007 went after basketball player Milan Gurović, referring to him as "that tattooed idiot", for having a tattoo of World War II Chetnik leader Draža Mihailović on his arm.
Cocaine usage and troubles with the law
She was accused with possession of cocaine, and detained on December 1, 2011 when buying cocaine from street dealers. According to police, she bought cocaine twice paying 60 euros. The case was settled in court, and she agreed to pay 200.000 dinars to the charity funds, and testifying against the drug dealer who sold her the drugs, in a deal to avoid prison sentence.
In 2006 she married the former French ambassador in Serbia Gabriel Keller.
- Biljana Srbljanović, Aleksandar Popović, Aleksandar Vučić, Dragan Đilas, Žarko Obradović (2008-04-20). Utisak nedelje (Television production). Belgrade, Serbia: B92. Archived from the original on 4 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
- B92 - News - Society - Serbian playwright wins prestigious award
- B92 - Vesti - Lečić napustio predsedništvo LDP-a - Internet, Radio i TV stanica; najnovije vesti iz Srbije
- http://blog.b92.net/blog/105/Biljana%20Srbljanovi%C4%87/ Biljana's blog.b92.net
- Okršaj Srbljanović-Trivan na Tviteru;Blic, 23 August 2011
- Svađa Biljane Srbljanović i Jelene Trivan na Tviteru;Blic, 20 September 2011
- Biljana Srbljanovic blog, 21 July 2007
- "French envoy's wife accused of possession of cocaine". News.Az. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- Dileru Biljane Srbljanović 3,5 godine zatvora, Večernje novosti (Serbian)
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