Top?i? at the Cannes Film Festival
|Born||30 April 1955|
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
|Pen name||Gold Taucher|
|Notable awards||The Best Screenplay Award (Hollywood Film Festival) |
2011 The Abandoned
The CineLink Award
2003 Bare Skin (The Abandoned)
The Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina Award
1999 A Man From Nowhere (Remake)
The Annual Award of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The PEN Austrian Center Award
2009 I Don't Like Mondays
The Award of the Ministry of Culture and Sport
2000 Time Out
Amela Top?i? (m. 1996)
Zlatko Top?i? (born 30 April 1955) is a Bosnian screenwriter, playwright and novelist. He has written a number of films, including: Remake, The Abandoned, Miracle in Bosnia; theater plays: Time Out, I Don't Like Mondays, Refugees; novels: The Final Word, Dagmar, Nightmare.
His films have been screened at numerous international film festivals, including: Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno Festival, New York Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Hollywood Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and many other.
Top?i?'s works have been translated into twelve languages: English, German, French, Italian, Czech, Turkish, Polish, Swedish, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Albanian, and included in several domestic and international anthologies.
He is a member of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, PEN Center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, International Screenwriters' Association, American Screenwriters Association, Concordia Organization and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).
Top?i? was born in Sarajevo on 30 April 1955. His father, Zaim Top?i? (1920-1990), was also a writer. His mother, Naila (1925-2002), was a member of the Selimi? family; her grandfather was Zaim-beg Selimi?, a municipal councilor, landowner, benefactor and philanthropist, who was the owner of the Kravica waterfall.
He graduated from Law School of the University of Sarajevo. At the age of 17 and under the pseudonym Gold Taucher, Top?i? began writing crime novels and short stories, sold over ten million copies.
Top?i? was the founder and chief editor of the literature magazine Letter and organizer of the panorama of Bosnian war stories in English titled Forgotten Country (1997), as well as an anthology of members of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina titled The Best Of (2000).
He was a Board member of the Open Society Foundation Bosnia and Herzegovina - Soros Foundation, worked on UNESCO projects and is the founder of the Bosnian Tombstone Award and Ned?ad Ibri?imovi? Award. He is one of the founders of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 1993 to 2001 the first Secretary General and from 2006 to 2010 a Board member. From 2001 to 2011 he was a director and artistic director of the Chamber Theater 55.
Top?i? was a selector of the International Theatre Festival MESS in 2012, the president and a member of several juries, among others, in 2008, 2012 and 2014 for the BZK Preporod Award for best play and 2015 for MESS. From 2013 to 2016 he was a general director of TVSA. In 2016 he became a director of the Library of Sarajevo. He was a member of the Commission for Free Artists of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the president of Arts Council of the Sarajevo National Theatre from 2015 to 2019 and is a member of Council of the BHRT Governing Board since 2019.
He has published a collections of stories: The Vital Question (1981), Fantastic Stories (1989), Ptica iz drugog jata / A Bird From Another Flock (bilingual edition; 1995), Bogomil Legends (1997) and Selected Stories (2000); such a novels as A Man From Nowhere (1986), Kulin (1994), Nightmare (1997), Bare Skin (2004), Safet Su?i? (2007), The Final Word (2011),Dagmar (2013), zavrsna.rijec@dagmar (2017), Overture (2018) and 28. 6. 1914. (2019).
His first major works, collection of stories The Vital Question (1981) and novel A Man From Nowhere (1986), are great received from literary critics and readers. The story Love Letter from his first book was included in a post-war Bosnian anthology of short stories, translated into English.
Top?i?'s plays, which have been staged in Bosnian and international theaters, include Collapse (1986), Musa and the Goat (1993), Kulin Ban (1995), Refugees (1999),Plaza Hotel (2000), Time Out (2002), comedy Head-On (2004), monodrama Pardon Asks Radivoje, Radivoje's Son (2006), Happy New 1994! (2006), Bare Skin (2007),I Don't Like Mondays (2009; directed by Christian Papke) and Krokodil Lacoste / Silvertown (2011).I Don't Like Mondays (2009) won the prestigious PEN Austrian Center Award. In 2010 the drama was published in German by Der Österreichische P.E.N.--Club, Vienna, and was printed in over eleven thousand copies.
His drama Time Out (2002; directed by Hollywood and Broadway director James P. Mirrione) had its English language premiere in Great Britain (London at the Gate Theatre and Riverside Studios, as well as in Leeds at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal Armouries Museum, Powerhouse 1, and Bretton Hall). Also, it was performed in the United States (New York City at the Broadway theatre), Austria (Vienna) and Poland (Warsaw). It has attracted world attention from media such as the BBC, CNN, and received great ratings from audiences and critics. The play won first prize at an anonymous competition of the Ministry of Culture and Sport and it was the first ex-YU drama performed in Great Britain, Austria, Poland and the United States.
Radio Sarajevo aired several of his radio dramas, including Happy New Year's Eve (1977), Interview (1978), Emergency Situation (1987), Walk on the Tips of Your Fingers (1988), Cesare Lombroso (1989), Kulin (1990), Lister's Machine (1991), Musa and the Goat (1992) and Stanislavski Would Be Pleased (2007). He thrice won the anonymous competitions of Radio Sarajevo (1978, 1987 and 2007) with dramas Interview, Emergency Situation and Stanislavski Would Be Pleased.
He has produced over forty plays, notably the cult hit The Frog, which was adapted into a film in 2017, and Helver's Night, internationally most awarded play in the history of Bosnian theater.
Top?i? wrote the screenplays for TV movie Collapse (1985) and four documentary films: The Best Years Ever (1994), Miracle in Bosnia (1995), I Respond to You, God (1996) and Blood and Musk (1997). He also wrote the screenplays for Remake (2003) and The Abandoned (2010). His script for Remake, published like a book in 2002, was awarded at the competition of the Ministry of Culture and Sport and won the Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina Award for best original screenplay (1999). His script for The Abandoned (working title: Bare Skin) was a winning (91 participants) at the first edition of CineLink, held as part of the 9th Sarajevo Film Festival (2003) and won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2011 Hollywood Film Festival.
In 1998 he won the prestigious Annual Award of the Association of Writers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for his novel Nightmare (1997), which was translated into Turkish (Saray Bosna da kabus, Gendas, Istanbul, 1998) and Slovenian (Mora, Zalo?ba Goga, Novo Mesto, 2003). In 2014 he won the same award for novel Dagmar (2013) and became one of the few writers who have twice won this award (his father Zaim Top?i? was also a double winner).
Top?i?'s novel The Final Word (2011) received the Hasan Kaimija Award for best book published in 2011 and 2012, and the Skender Kulenovi? Award for best book published in 2011. It was translated into French (Le mot de la fin, M.E.O. Edition, Brussels, 2016) and was ranked first on the lists of international bestsellers of BookDaily and Goodreads in 2017, became the first novel from Southeast Europe to appear on that lists.
He is the only author who thrice won the BZK Preporod Award for best dramatic text, for dramas Bare Skin (2006), Krokodil Lacoste / Silvertown (2010) and Nobody's and Everyone's (2017).
Top?i? spent the entirety of the Bosnian War in Sarajevo. He was trapped in Grbavica (quarter of the city of Sarajevo) in 1993. Fifty years earlier (1943) his father Zaim Top?i? (1920-1990) was trapped in the Jasenovac concentration camp during World War II, as a communist. About these events, he wrote the screenplay for Remake.