Birth: 4. 4. 1931., Imotski
Antun Vrdoljak, film author, actor, politician and sports activist, is one of the most dynamic personalities on the contemporary Croatian social scene. He took a degree in acting from the Theatre Academy in Zagreb (today known as the Academy for Drama Arts), and became famous for his role in the film H-8 (1958) by Nikola Tanhofer. His directing debut came in 1965 when he made one episode, Poslije predstave, in the omnibus film Ključ (the other two were directed by Vanča Kljaković and Krsto Papić). The most important work of his career was the war trilogy Kad čuješ zvona (1969), U gori raste zelen bor (1971) and Povratak (1979), in which, (especially in the first two films based on Ratni dnevnik by Ivan Šibl), he gives a realistic account of WW II in Croatia, denying the earlier ideological stereotypes. The other significant segment of his film career involves adaptations of literary classics: Mećava (1977) based on Pero Budak’s drama with the same title, Kiklop (1982) based on Ranko Marinković’s novel with the same title, Glembajevi (1988) based on Miroslav Krleza’s drama and prose, and Karneval, anđeo i prah (1990, as TV series Zagrljaj) based on Marinkovic’s prose. He also directed one of the most popular Croatian TV series Prosjaci i sinovi (1971, based on Ivan Raos), as well as a number of short documentary films mostly about artists (e.g. O djelu Ivana Meštrovića, 1986). In the 90’s he devoted himself more to politics and the promotion of Croatian sport; he was the general manger of Croatian Radiotelevision and the first president of the Croatian Olympic Committee. After 14 years of absence from the scene, he directed his war epic Duga mracna noc, which along with Gospa is the most expensive film of the newer Croatian cinema.
Pula ’58 - Golden plaque Arena for the best supporting role in the film H-8
Pula ’69 - Golden arena for the best male actor in the film Rat
Pula ’69 - Magazine Studio’s Golden wreath as the best debutant (together with Boro Draskovic for Horoskop and Zelimir Zilnik for Rani radovi)
Vrnjacka banja ’82 - award for the best adapted screenplay
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