22 March 1928 |
|Education||Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia|
|Years active||1953 - present|
Veljko Bulajić (born 22 March 1928) is a Croatian film director and actor of Montenegrin descent. He has spent the majority of his life working in Croatia and is primarily known for Yugoslav movies about war.
Bulajic was born in the village of Vilusi near Nikšić (then the Kingdom of Yugoslavia). His debut film Train Without a Timetable was a complex drama dealing with the interactions amongst people who were forcefully leaving their ancestral homes in order to move to new, yet undeveloped farmland. The film won the Audience Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 1962 his film Kozara brought him international attention and was awarded the Big Golden Arena for Best Film at the Yugoslav National Film Awards. It was also entered into the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Golden Prize. He was a member of the jury at the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.
In 1969 he wrote and directed the legendary war film Battle of Neretva. "Neretva" is the fifth most expensive non-English movie ever produced. Pablo Picasso created the poster for the film. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Some of Bulajic's most notable film awards include; Lion of San Marco-Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival, the audience award at the Cannes Film Festival, Special Mention Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Gold Medal at the Moscow International Film Festival, the CIDALC award, and the prestigious UNESCO Kalinga Film Prize.
Bulajic is a two time jury member at the Cannes Film Festival, and a four time invitee to the jury. He served on the jury in 1969 and 1980.
Selected filmography 
- Train Without a Timetable (1959)
- Atomic War Bride (1960)
- Kozara (1962)
- Battle of Neretva (1969)
- Skoplje '63 (1964)
- Looking Into the Eyes of the Sun (1966)
- The Day That Shook the World (1975)
- The Man to Destroy (1979)
- High Voltage (1981)
- Libertas (2006)
- "3rd Moscow International Film Festival (1963)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- "The 42nd Academy Awards (1970) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-16.